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  1. Nightfly

    Messier 22 Region

    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
  2. 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.
  3. live polarex

    Leika R3

    have vintage camera Leika R3 can i make photos for the fun? on telescope some one have tips ????????? for me please https://www.apotelyt.com/i1/leica-r3-black-960x640.jpg
  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. 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 wish to try some classic (film) astrophotography with my beloved Praktica MTL3 Film SLR. I would like to buy some film rolls from Amazon.co.uk but I have no idea what's the right thing to buy. Searching google I did find some names/brands (it seems that Fuji Superia are highly advised - but what ISO?) but I'd like to hear from some more experienced people what are the generic rules for selecting a film roll suitable for Astrophotography. I.E. is it better B/W or Color ? High or Low ISO? Fine / Low Grain? High sensitivity to red? Are Near IR BW rolls like ILFORD SPX of any use? Also, most of the articles that I found are naming film rolls that are not available anymore. Which ones, currently available on Amazon UK, would you advise to buy? What are the recommendations for developing such rolls? Bear in mind that I'm an "intermediate beginner" so I do not have extreme expectations Thanks all & Clear Skies
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
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