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  1. Yesterday @Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Milky way shooting I also made a timelapse video.
  2. a single frame on a 5D3 and Samyang 14mm lens. 30sec @ f/2.8 iso 3200
  3. and my main camera was clicking away, I was shooting with a second camera The Milky way looking North West with M31 - Andromeda on the left Looking South towards Orion over Llyn Celyn near Bala in North Wales
  4. The wonders of the constellation Scutum are a multitude. A wealth of bright and dark nebulae populate this area as well as the star clouds that looms large in this close up image. Once again, an image taken with film. My choice of Fuji Superia 100 color negative provides much sharper stars than transparency films and also offers a wider latitude in exposure. Film's dynamic range brings out the faint details as well as keeping the brighter portions tamed in this single 40 minute exposure. The Pentax 67 with the 165 f/2.8 portrait lens set at f/4 provided the means of capture. Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoy. Join me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nightflyastro
  5. 49 images and 20 darks taken on an eq6 mounted 5D MKII and 24mm lens, 15 second exposures @ f4 iso800. A quick and dirty process through DSS and CS5, next time I'll push it to iso1600 to get more data in the images. I'm not sure due South looking at the Milky way is the best view to get the meteors because of the satellite traffic in the region, it's like the Olympic traffic lane in rush hour.
  6. Located near the top of the Teapot in Sagittarius, Messier 22 is a huge globular that is big enough to be prominent in wide-field images. Compare its size to the tiny M-28 to the lower right of the frame. Messier 22 is plainly visible to the unaided eye, even when low on the horizon on a clear dark night. This view was captured by an antique(1975) 300mm f/4 Asahi Pentax SMC Takumar lens attached to a Pentax Spotmatic II (1973 era) exposing for only 15 minutes @ f/4 using Kodak ED200 slide film. To be sure, star images are not perfect as there was no ED glass when this lens was made, but nice nonetheless. Thanks for looking. Jim
  7. James

    Moonlit Caldera

    From the album: Imaging Challenge #15 - The Milky Way - Now Closed

    A 25 second exposure from a time-lapse taken over the cloud filled Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma in the Canary Islands. Mars is the red object to the left of the Milky Way. Saturn is in there too but is lost amongst the milky way. The bright lights hidden under the clouds are from the towns of Los Llanos and Tazacorte only about 7-8 miles away as the crow flies but about 90 minutes away by car! 25 sec at f/1.8, 14mm Sigma lens, ISO 3200, Canon 6D. The scene was illuminated by a crescent moon beyond the right of the image.

    © James Mackay

  8. James

    IMG 1528

    From the album: La Palma

    The view from a lookout up on the Roque de Los Muchachos looking south over the Caldera de Taburiente. The towns of El Paso and Los Llanos illuminate a layer of Saharan dust.

    © James Mackay

  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I re - processed in Lightroom and what a difference.... what do you guys think.
  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. 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
  18. 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).
  19. 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.
  20. 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!)
  21. 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!
  22. Quick process of 12x5min from my modded 350d using a Samyang 14mm lens at f2.8 from last night, taken from our campsite near the Dorgdogne Valley - tracked using a GM-8. Flats, Darks and Bias applied (oh, flats are fun with this lens...!) - and rudimentary processing in PI (BPP, DBE, Background Calibration , CC, Histograms, etc), will have another go when I get home on decent internet with a proper monitor. One thing is that I'm not 100% convinced about this lens - think I'll be doing some further testing as I think it has some decentering. I'm not expecting the world with it wide open, but it's worse to the lower portion than upper if you zoom in (looking for some advice from owners of this lens perhaps!) Thanks for looking (EDIT: See reprocessed version below!)
  23. I managed to get down on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall and was amazed to get some decent skies on Thursday night. It coincided with the New Moon and the first decent view of the Milky Way Core. As always you get the story from me - Started the evening at the wonderful Earth Station at Goonhilly, love this shot of the dish with Orion and Pleiades overhead. Next stop was the wonderful church on the beach at Gunwalloe Church Cove dating back to the 13th Century... We then went for a walk down to the beach at Kynance Cove (not recommended with full winter kit & camera) Nice bit of airglow, looking South... Then we moved over to Kennack Sands - wonderful airglow in this one The core was supposed to be visible at 5:05 but took about 20 minutes to get high enough in the sky to be seen... A quick journey took us down the Lizard Point Finally a selfie, nearly at the end of the all-nighter - well worth the effort...
  24. Snowdon and the Milky way panorama. 41 images captured on a Sony A7S and Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens exposed at 8 seconds, f/2.0 iso5000 and post processed in Autopano Giga to produce the stitched image and then processed in Autopano Panotour to produce a 360 interactive panorama which is quite nice to play with full screen
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