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Holiday snaps from SW France


Dangerous-Dave
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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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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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