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Dangerous-Dave

Holiday snaps from SW France

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Hi folks, just got back from a family holiday in SW France. A kind family member offered to convey my widefield imaging rig by road, so I could fly out with the kids and still enjoy the dark skies. Here are the results:

Milky Way Core panoramic

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Astrotrac TT320X-AG, modified Canon EOS20D, Leitz Summicron R 50mm/f2.0 at f2.8. Six panes, each 15x180s at ISO1600.

Lagoon/Triffid

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Astrotrac TT320X-AG, modified Canon EOS20D, Leitz Telyt 180mm APO at f4, 25x240s at ISO1600.

M24 and environs

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Astrotrac TT320X-AG, modified Canon EOS20D, Leitz Telyt 180mm APO at f4, 24x240s at ISO1600.

Milky Way Fisheye

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Astrotrac TT320X-AG, Modified Canon EOS20D, Samyang 8mm/f3.5 fisheye at f5.6, 1x480s at ISO1600, dark frame and hot pixel removal in Deep Sky Stacker.

Obligatory star trails

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Canon EOS10D, Canon EOS20D, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Zenitar 16mm fisheye, ISO800, 30 second exposures combined in star trails

Meterorite in Draco

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Canon EOS20D, Samyang 8mm/f3.5 fisheye at f3.5, Single 30 second exposure at ISO800

(Larger images on my Flickr page - see sig)

Only problem was the hours of darkness were midnight till five, so I was feeling pretty wrecked after five clear nights on the spin. Luckily my wife let me sleep after 10 most mornings. ;)

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A cracking set of images Dave, looks like you had a fantastic holiday ;). I bet you need another one after that to get over it :rolleyes:

Regards

Kevin

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That fisheye lens is a real gem , produced some very interesting effects.I will study those MW shots for ages:) Great images.:hello2:Thanks for sharing.

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Wow... those are absolutely fantastic!! ;)

Not your usual snaps.. :rolleyes:

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Superb work Dave, love the MW panorama especially.;)

You must have been really busy with all that lot!

Mark

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That is one seriously amazing set of holiday snaps! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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That does it. I'm getting me an Astrotrac. Not that it guarantees me the talent evident in these pictures, of course. Great work, Dave.

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Hi Dave

Your images are absolutley stunning and a little bit different than the norm

well done

Doug

Essex UK

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Sheer delight !!!

The only problem I see is in the picture of Draco - makes me want to jump into that pool :-))))

Wonderful set of images!

Cheers,

Harel

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Wonderful series of images Dave ..... love them - especially the Milky Way ones.

Well done! ;)

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The Milkyway images are fantastic especially the Lagoon and triffid. Equatorial star trails are interesting too.

John.

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Thanks for the kind comments all. I love my Astrotrac, a snap to set up and none of that pesky periodic error I used to get using the camera mounted on the GP. I did balk at the price for a few years but in hindsight it has had plenty use to justify the expenditure. The Samyang 8mm fisheye is also a very tidy lens for £200 bn, I believe Olly uses its 80mm cousin. My only regret is not renting a Sigma 4.5mm fisheye for the trip as there were more than enough opportunities to use it.

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I`d be looking at a divorce if i took any astro gear on holiday with me!!! Shes not overly happy with my hobby at home.....:smiley:. Great images btw, sorry for the rant!

Wp

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What can I add that has not been said?...absolutely nothing...simply stunning.

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Great set of images Dave,

what software did you use for the panorama?

Darren

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Wow! they are fantastic, you've certainly been busy!:smiley:

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stunning images dave....reckon if u were to of posted some at weekly intervals, then u might of got a couple of pows or more! lol

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I`d be looking at a divorce if i took any astro gear on holiday with me!!! Shes not overly happy with my hobby at home.....:smiley:.

same here my friend, but these shots are fantastic well done.

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