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  1. As amateur astronomers I suspect many of us have gotten used to quietly cursing the approach of daylight but there is something to be said for just turning off the imaging kit and relaxing and enjoying the view, in this case, sat on a beach with a flask of hot tea watching the approaching sunrise. It was cold to be sure but the view made up for that.. First image is the Milky Way rising - taken at the beach near Budleigh Salterton at the mouth of the River Otter about 5am. The second image is nearer 6am, the milky way can still be seen but is fading fast, the moon, a very thin crescent is the bright light just above the sea. Not a bad way to start the day Well, except for driving to the beach and finding I'd left the camera bag on the pavement outside my house back home... and then finding out the laptop was only 25% charged, and it was very cold so it pretty quickly just shut down... (click on the pictures to get a slightly sharper version!) First image: 5 shot stack 25 second exposures at ISO 6400 with a Canon 6D through a Samyang 14mm lens at f/4. Second image: 1x 25 second exposure at ISO 2500 f/4, same camera and lens.
  2. Had another early start today - I've never been one for getting up early after just a few hours sleep, I usually struggle with that and find it far easier to stay up all night and get sleep the next night but this is twice in a week I've found it easy to get up at 3am... must be age!? It was off down to the beach again looking for spots to take some nice timelapses and now that I've found a good spot that's the next 8-10 clear nights all booked up, so I'll probably be going there for the next two years . I actually remembered my camera bag this time and charged up the laptop! Here's just a couple of images from this morning, one's a bit of a noisy selfie but there you go... think I went too high on the ISO The slim, svelte figure that I have (cough) is well disguised by the artic gear I was wearing and the red dot is from the 6D recording a timelapse... From just at the mouth of the River Otter in Budleigh Salterton. Both pictures taken with a Canon 70D, Samyang 14mm lens at f/4 20 second exposure ISO 3200... If you click on the images a slightly better version will load..
  3. It´s been a while and the season is soon over but last weekend I pulled myself together for some astroscaping After 4 hours in -12 degrees Celsius I couldn´t feel my toes Hurt like crazy when I got them warmed up again. This is a composite image, since I used tracking. Sky: 120 seconds at ISO 1600. Foreground: 60 seconds at ISO 3200. Samyang 24/1.4 @f/2.8 Canon EOS 6D AstroTrac TT320X-AG Hope you like it!
  4. Hi everyone, It's been years since I posted anything on this forum! It's also been years since I've had a proper observing session as I've had uni, work and other things to think about. Also now that I live in London it's unlikely I can do any proper observing! Anyway I've been missing it lately, and thought I'd pay a visit to this forum again, starting with a simple little Milky Way image I took on holiday last year: Here's hoping that in a year or two I'll be able to think about setting myself up with a telescope in a nice dark place again
  5. Greetings SGL members. It has been some time since I have posted any new film images. It is true that I have been having a fling with a mistress named DSLR, but my heart is in these images done in the way I learned thirty years ago. My last imaging session according to my Log book was October 11, 2012. I had just finished a roll of Superia that night and I almost never returned. I began experimenting with digital. It was fun and productive but I missed my old film images. I was delayed further about one year ago. Without warning I suffered a severe heart attack. It was quite the scene. I was a goner for sure if not for the help of some cracker jack EMT's that kept CPR going. I was gone for over 15 minutes. The ER got me back and the chopper flight to an emergency heart catheterization lab placed a stent and after several months of rehab I am back and good as new! I had one great session in late June. For several back-to-back nights the weather cooperated enough to image with a new lens and I wanted to share with you all. The images below are taken with the Pentax 67 and the 400mm F/4 SMC Takumar lens. I used apertures of f/4.8 or f/5.6 for 40-50 minute exposures on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 black and white negative film. You can read about my project plan and inspiration here: http://nightflyphotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/recapturing-ee-barnards-legac... You can view the images and read about them here: http://nightflyphotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/selected-regions-of-milky-way... Here is a legend to the several images taken in June. Pictures at Eleven by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr Below are some of the results. These are preliminary images that were scanned rather hastily, but these results look promising. I need to go back and remaster each image, something that will take me awhile. A good task for winter when I am shut indoors. Messier 24 Region by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr Region of Dark Lanes in Ophiuchus by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr The Southern Scutum Star Cloud by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr The Dark Nebulae Around Theta Ophiuchi by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr Apologies for the smaller sized image here: The Great Star Cloud in Scutum by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr Messier 22 Region in Sagittarius by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr The Great Sagittarius Star Cloud by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed them. Jim
  6. Hi all, I'm new here and this is my first post. I just opened my account today although I have visited here occasionally over the last year and a half while searching for key information. SGL seems like a really good and helpful forum community so I figured it was time to join up. My astro-buddy and I kicked off the official Milky Way season last week at 3:30 am out at our usual location in rural west Ottawa, Ontario. Just being out there and seeing our old friend the Milky Way was worth getting up for at 2:00 am and driving for miles. We ended our outing with an artery-clogging trucker's breakfast in a nearby country village which was a great finalé to our Season Opener! It's going to be a great year! Last year at the start of the season it was -32 Celsius, the coldest night of the year with a wicked wind, but last week it was a balmy -5 C degrees... a veritable Caribbean vacation by comparison! Image details: Nikon D5500, Sigma Art 24-35/f2, Aperture: f3.2, Exposure: 20 x 30 secs + 10 x 60 secs = 20 minutes, ISO: 800, Tracker: Sky Watcher Star Adventurer, Processing: Pixinsight, Photoshop CS5 Composition: Landscape and building shot at 14mm at 3:30 am in Moonlight, Milky Way shot at 24mm from 4:45 am to 5:15 am. Buildings: The buildings are fairly large motorized solar power-producing structures owned by a local road construction company whose CEO likes our images and allows us to use the site year-round. The panels track the sun all day and are then automatically set to a neutral position every night till the morning. There are company offices and storage facilities inside the buildings.... they're also a great windbreak for us.
  7. Taken on Sunday evening with Canon 70D and 10mm focal length: Milky Way over Durdle Door by James West, on Flickr The Milky Way over Durdle Door by James West, on Flickr
  8. I got back recently from my annual week with all (yes, all!) my in-laws. Luckily I got a few nights out with my cameras I've attached a few of the shots on here. We were staying in Gillan Cove which is on the Lizard near the Helford River and about 10 miles from Falmouth. The skies are pretty good there Mostly taken through a Canon 6D and a 14mm Samyang lens, the second picture was through a Canon 70D and a fisheye lens. The area is well worth a visit anyway but the dark skies are an extra pull! Gillan Cove The view from St Anthony-in-Meneages (across the water from Gillan and Flushing Coves From Gillan Cove looking east. The view from St Anthony-in-Meneages again (across the water from Gillan and Flushing Coves I need to work on how my exported pics aren't looking the same as they do on my screen here before export... James
  9. Leo.A

    Milky Way

    Here's my latest attempt at a Milky Way panorama. Having it appear directly overhead at my Aussie location makes it somewhat harder to capture what I'd like but I like the results (after watching countless video tutorials on LightRoom 5, which I've nowhere near mastered).
  10. Hi all, last night the sky looked very clear, so i thought i'd take the camera out and try to capture the summer Milky way, so i drove a few miles outside of Norwich to a reasonably darkish site, but noticed there was a lot of moisture in the air, the lightdome from Norwich and Wymondham was sizeable but straight up wasn't to bad, so i set the tripod up and grabbed my new Canon 6D..........and no quick release pad it was on my telephoto at home, D'oh But the milkyway looked so amazing and so close to a city i had to persevere, set the focus, set 10 second timer and laid it face up on the roof of the car, far from perfect but the resulting pics made me smile, this is one of the shots....... Its a single exposure at 17mm 20 seconds @ f/4 and an ISO of 6400. The processing brought out some noise but its lightyears ahead of the cropped 60D in terms of quality, if only i'd remembered the quick release pad
  11. At 51.5 degrees North, Sherkin Island is the second most Southerly point in Ireland. At this latitude the Milky Way does not get very high in the sky. The forecast was set to clear at about 3am, and thankfully it did about 03:40, leaving me with 50 minutes to get the shoots. I had lugged 15Kg of gear a few kilometres down to the Horseshoe Cove to set up. This is 6 panes, each 25s ISO 10,000, at f/2.8 with a Canon 5D and 14mm lens. I stitched the pic in PTGui. Processed in LR and PS. The light on the horizon to the left is from the same town of Baltimore. While this was back on the mainland and to the North East, it features prominently in the image. Yet the view to the South and West are as dark as I have ever seen. I have processed this heavily, but being a 6 pane image, you can push it quite a bit given the resolution. Just above the house to the right is Jupiter, with Mars and Saturn near the horizon in Sagittarius. Tom.
  12. Nadine2704

    Night Sky

    From the album: My (very amateurish) attempts at astrophotography!

    Milky way over the hills at Loch Earn. Even caught some faint aurora over the hill! (my intended target for the night!)
  13. Hiya ... despite being knackered yesterday (after a long day out in Weymouth hanging around while my eldest son did two shows in the chorus of the musical Joseph), I really needed a night out under the stars ... Got home at about 11.15, and was set up with the dob at around 11.30 (still twilight!). I started off with Mars and Saturn. Had a good look at Mars, but couldn't detect any detail. Saturn was fantastically crisp at x136 in the ES/82 8.8mm: clear Cassini division, surface banding ... The Milky Way soon appeared as a soft cloud overhead, lacking the fizzy sparkliness of other nights, but nice nonetheless. The Veil neb in my ES/62 24mm plus OIII filter was okay, not great. In fact, although seemingly clear, fainter objects and nebulosity was underwhelming (M31, 51, 81, 82, M16), and lacking in detail. Star clusters, though, were amazing. M11, M3 & lots of other 'couldn't be bothered to identify' clusters in the Milky Way were all fantastic! M3 (I know, not in the MW!) in the ES 8.8 in particular, was lovely; really dense, like fine salt grains ... The night was looking like it might be spoiled by a local 'party' that seemed to go wrong, with arguments and shouting emanating from a local farm, storming's off, more shouting, a girl crying, a shotgun blast (!), more crying, then drunken laughter, recriminations, then more storming's off, a pickup truck screeching off, then back ... honestly! Anyway, I was thinking of packing up around 1.00 anyway, as the waning moon was due to clear the hills, whereupon the 'party' seemed to calm down for a bit, so I thought I'd take a look at the moon before heading for bed. By this point I'd kind of resorted to scanning around with my 10x50s, and pointed them at the moon as it rose ... Then ... hang on, what's that? That doesn't look like a background star ... out with Stellarium on the phone and, 'Wow!' That's Neptune (in the same FOV as the moon!). What an amazing sight. I quickly switched to the scope, and tried a variety of EPs. The planet remained a shimmery orb, but a truly magical one at that. I hung around for another 20 minutes or so, entranced by the combination of our planet's satellite and the distant ice giant, before finally packing up. Amazing. As it turned out, I might as well have stayed out. Didn't get to sleep for ages, as I was buzzing from such a fantastic experience. Cheers, Kev
  14. CKemu

    Galactic Core

    From the album: Astro Collection

    Took this 30 second exposure up in Cape Tribulation, Australia - makes me wish I lived in Australia!
  15. Whilst on holiday chasing an eclipse I also got chance to stay near to Crater Lake and took the opportunity to take a milky way image in the early night of 19th August. At the Cloudcap overlook you are at 2400m above sea level and with hardly any light pollution the visual vista of the milky way was stunning. There was a bit of drifting smoke from state forest fires but at this height we were mostly above it. This is an image using a Canon 650D and 18-200mm lens (at 18mm) using ISO 800 and F4.5. It was all mounted on a Star Adventurer Mini (that was roughly polar aligned). The image is a stack of 20 x 60s, 1 x 120s, 1 x 90s. Aligned and combined in pixinsight with a histogram adjustment slightly tweed using the HDRmultiscaletransform tool. However otherwise processing was a breeze (I can only wish for an observatory at some point with similar conditions!). Astrobin location below:- http://www.astrobin.com/309623/?nc=all
  16. Hello everyone. I would appreciate some advice. I'm looking for a site with accommodation where I could do a couple of evenings of observing and where the Milky Way can be seen. Somewhere within reasonable driving distance of the West Midlands Midlands (so not the North of Scotland) would be perfect. Thanks in advance.
  17. Nightfly

    Scutum Star Cloud Region

    Another analog image for your consideration. Taken July 19th under skies of good transparency from 22:13 - 23:23 Local time. Single exposure of 70 minutes on Fuji Acros 100 film using the Pentax 67 and SMC 200mm @ f/5.6. The dense star fields of Scutum.
  18. I've had a few clear nights recently and had to miss them all so have been able to turn to some earlier data. I've put together a series of timelapses from my annual weekly holiday with my in-laws in Cornwall every April at Gillan Creek near the Helford River on the Lizard in Cornwall. The very first time-lapse starts off with a 3/4 moon behind the camera and the Milky Way rising, as the Moon drops then sets the ground gets darker and the Milky Way more obvious. Two of the time-lapses were done in daytime showing the tide coming up on Gillan Cove. The people visible in both of these are mostly family The area has many scenic spots I would love to time-lapse from but as you'll all know too well getting the tides, the Moon and the weather all right at the same time is quite rare! The time-lapse was exported at 4K resolution - if you have a good fast internet connection then that will be best, otherwise 1080p (HD) works well. -- Equipment used: Canon 6D, 14mm Samyang lens and 24-105mm Sigma Lens Motion is provided by a Vixen Polarie with time-lapse adaptor and/or a Digislider motorised slider The background track is "Billions and Billions: from A Moment of Stillness" by Stellardrone (stellardrone.bandcamp.com) Hope you enjoy.. James
  19. Details have now been released for the 14th annual "Starfest" starcamp organised by Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society. The 3 day event takes place in Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th August (Bank Holiday Weekend). Astronomers from across the UK attend this event to take advantage of the dark skies in the North York Moors National Park and the forest has recently been awarded "Milky Way class" of the Dark Sky Discovery status. For those who have not attended Dalby previously, please note the facilities are basic! Its all about the quality of the skies. Guest speakers for the weekend will be announced in due course as they are confirmed. More information and a booking form can be downloaded from the Scarborough & Ryedale AS website (http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk/saras/starfest/starfest-2014/). The society can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. To avoid confusion with other events using the name Starfest, we have opted for an offical hashtag for this years event of #DalbyStarfest14.
  20. I re - processed in Lightroom and what a difference.... what do you guys think.
  21. jetstream

    Rich field nebula

    Another late night with true darkness happening about 11:30pm and the Milky Way shone brightly. The view of "our" object can be simply amazing and I saw a new projection (to me) or "arm" up into Cepheus just before the Cygnus rift- Cepheus in this area was strewn with stars and "nebulosity" naked eye. Opposite the Cepheus arm there was another shorter projection of the Milky Way and they both were very sharply defined. The Milky Way being so bright might explain something that I see and puzzles me... I see an underlying "texture" to the sky in most places and in particular right in the MW- I'm leading into how the objects listed looked tonight to put things in context. The wide field of the SW120ED/42mm LVW only enhances this phenomena and also allows me to see... IC5068 Scarp15, who also has an interest in neb hunting asked about a few nebs he is seeking, so first off I wanted to try IC 5068 near the Pelican in the NGC7000 area. I have studied this area quite a bit and have seen IC 5068 before, but the thing is that the whole area is surrounded with that underlying "texture" blending into more visible nebula- and lots of them, IC 5068 being one. The SW120ED gave a fantastic view of the Pelican, showing its head and a few detached nebs around it, the NAN was "bright", surrounded in places by dark strips of sky. So, once that extra wide view panned the NAN, a dark lane on the back of the neb was noticed- opposite side of the Gulf and Pelican and just past this a huge liquid shadow came into view...I followed it up down and sideways, at first I thought it is an extension of the NAN but I don't think so. I'm trying to find this oblongish patch on the maps and in images- so far only the rift really shows. However the nebula is distinct and separate from NGC7000, this was my prize of the evening! I had seen hints of it in the dobs but the FOV was too small. IC1318 Another favorite and a goto object of mine. It showed well in the frac, both with the UHC and the Hb with a totally different perspective than in the dobs, the VX10 shows this one best perhaps but that wide FOV is riveting. In dark skies this object is not hard, harder than the NAN though. My suggestions to anyone who wants to maximize their views of IC 5068 and area would be: use a low exit pupil 5mm-6mm+, make sure your FOV is big enough-2" widefields shine for a lot of this stuff and finally- try the "big 3" filters (UHC,Hb,OIII), it's amazing the different presentations they offer in this area- and what pops into view with each one. Actually this is what I do and use on most nebula and this enables even modest aperture scopes like the SW120ED to give some fantastic views, from dark skies. Gerry
  22. The night of 26th of July I visited a gorgeous beach called Porto Pino in the South West of Sardinia: this must have been one of the most amazing sights of the Milky Way of my whole life, it was so huge, so bright, so glowing, I was totally blown away!! Yep, dark sites truly make a HUGE difference! Thanks for watching! Single shots taken with an old Canon 5D, ISO 1600, 30 seconds. ancient Pentacon 29mm F/2.8, on a 20 euro chinese tripod
  23. Hi all, I'm sharing a quick process of a 30 x ISO6400 15sec shots of the Milky Way galactic center I took last weekend taken with my 7D 24-105mm L f4 lens at 24mm and a stack of M27 RGB data I gathered over two nights... 18 x ISO200 600sec subs taken with the modded 40D at 2000mm. Unfortunately the milky way shots when stacked showed a lot of lens distortion... I tried to dither the frames and they were taken on a static tripod, so no tracking was involved. I'm thinking later I'll try DSS and see if it does a better job than Nebulosity, for this image I cropped out as much as I could of the distortion. The Dumbell nebula is a ongoing project... The plan is to add OIII and HAlpha data to the RGB, and seeing that it looks like it'll be cloud and rain for at least another week, I though I'd post the RGB stack. Clear skies.
  24. A couple of shots from my recent trip to Cyprus, this great wreck is the Edro III which was 83 meter long and 2,517 ton freighter, it went aground in December 2011 and is very close to the shore. All single shots on my 1Dx shooting with my Tamron 15-30 f2.8 - EXIF f3.2, 30 Seconds and ISO 64,000
  25. James

    IMG 9174

    From the album: La Palma

    The view from just behind the villa I was staying at at the Hacienda La Palma, near Puntagorda, La Palma. At an altitude of 4500ft the air is extremely clear and there is very little light pollution.

    © James Mackay


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