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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
Sharpless 2-27 is very large nebula centered around Zeta Ophiuchi. Very difficult to photograph due to its size and brightness, it is over twenty Moon diameters wide and very faint. Film and detectors well equipped for Hydrogen-Alpha (Ha) imaging reveal it best. I consider it one of the greatest objects in the Milky Way. Located on the Milky Way's border in Southern Ophiuchus and partially overlapping into northern Scorpius. Pentax 67 with SMC 200MM F/4 @ F/5.6 60 minutes expose on Kodak E200 transparency film.
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
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.
For your consideration, the constellation Orion taken on a dark night in January. I was fortunate enough to be able to execute a fine exposure revealing not only the faint Ha nebulae throughout the region, but also the blue nebulae that exists in the western portions, including the well known Witch Head nebulae NW of Rigel. Pentax 67 165mm @ f/4.8 75 minutes exposure Kodak E200 - Normal E-6 Processing. Scanned on Epson V600 imported into PS and edited and cropped slightly. Compare to my digital rendition of the same area, but somewhat wider view: http://stargazerslou...o-panel-mosaic/ I like them both and each method provides a different rendition, but my own personal aesthetics prefer this film version, which is a dying art practiced by the few with the commitment to the craft and access to dark skies. I hope to keep at it as long as I am able. Thank you for looking. Orion by Nightfly Photography, on Flickr
For deep sky observers and astrophotographers it simply is the stuff of dreams. In late April on an early morning imaging run I exposed the wonderful region of Sagittarius and southern Ophiuchus for what was my first good imaging session of the year. As many of you know, I still buck the trend of digital capture and prefer analog methods. I continue to produce wide-field images like this, perhaps as a reminder of how things were done in the glory days of film astrophotography (they truly were) when very few were doing serious work. Today there is an explosion in the population of astrophotographers, thanks to modern equipment. I am pleased to share this image, captured the old fashioned way. It was captured under the dark skies of my home in Maine, USA. An old Pentax 67 with a 165mm f/2.8 portrait lens set at f/4.8 and exposing Kodak Ektachrome 200 for 35 minutes using my Meade 2080 as the guiding platform. The Kodak transparency was push processed to gain effective speed and allow faint details to be rendered in brighter tones. The dynamic range of this film is phenomenal and proves that reciprocity failure, the cop out of many imagers to go digital, is a myth. To be fair, it is digital technology that allows this image to be processed to reveal just what it has stored in those thin layers of emulsion. When the film is gone, so are these images. They will be relegated to the ash heap of history. I hope you enjoy the image, a glimpse of a time gone by and surviving by a thread, in my freezer right next to the frozen peas.