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AstroLandscapes #63 - no regrets


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A couple of weeks ago we had a forecast for clearing skies from around 1am, with the moon setting at 2am.  That left around 2 hours for some dark-sky goodness and hopefully my first Milky Way core action of 2024.  The only challenge was that it was a Sunday night, ahead of a busy week at work.  But I set the alarm for 1.15am anyway, and dragged myself out of bed only to see broken cloud in front of the moon.  20 minutes of should I / shouldn't I later, and I headed down to our local nature reserve, not entirely sure if I'd made the right choice but knowing that I would torture myself if I stayed at home wondering what might have been.

I only had a few compositions in mind after visiting earlier that day - nothing dramatic or epic, but some simple Fenland scenes of wood piles, dead trees and still pools.  As the morning drew on, the cloud shifted and I was treated to the rising Milky Way and a sky full of stars.  I was so glad I made myself go out, with the ultimate reward of watching the dawn surrounded by the wonderful sounds of the local birdlife.

Aside from the images below, I made a video of the night over on my Nightscape Journals YouTube channel - linked at the end if you're interested.

Thoughts and comments always welcome and hugely appreciated!

Cut Down

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📷 Canon 6D with Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 lens
🔧 1x 10s exposure at f/2 and ISO2000
🎞️ Edited in Photoshop

 

Teasel Core

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📷 Canon 6D (astro-modified) with Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens with SkyWatcher StarAdventurer tracker
🔧 Sky: 41x 30s exposure at f/2.8 and ISO800 (+ dark frames). Foreground: 1x10s at f/4 and ISO1250
🎞️ Stacked in Sequator. Edited and assembled in Photoshop and Starnet++

 

Scorpius Aquae

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📷 Canon 6D with Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 lens 
🔧 Sky: 24x 15s exposure at f/2.8 and ISO2000. 
🎞️ Stacked in Sequator. Edited in Photoshop 

 

Logpile

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📷 Canon 6D with Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 lens 
🔧 Sky: 74x 13s exposure at f/1.8 and ISO1600. Foreground: 1x13s at f/1.8 and ISO1600
🎞️ Stacked in Sequator. Edited and assembled in Photoshop and Starnet++

 

 

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I too enjoyed your video Paul. I admire your dedication and to be rewarded with your beautiful images and that amazing Dawn chorus sunrise with a hot drink. What makes it all the more special. 

Take care and clear skies. 

Lee 

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4 hours ago, clarkpm4242 said:

Really enjoyed your video @FenlandPaul

I prefer the 'Teasel Core' image.  You can get detail in  Rho Ophiuchi!

Cheers,  Paul.

 

4 hours ago, AstroNebulee said:

I too enjoyed your video Paul. I admire your dedication and to be rewarded with your beautiful images and that amazing Dawn chorus sunrise with a hot drink. What makes it all the more special. 

Take care and clear skies. 

Lee 

 

2 hours ago, Carbon Brush said:

@AstroNebulee I couldn't have said it better!
 

Thanks all - really appreciate that. 
 

@clarkpm4242 yep I love the detail in Rho. Never quite gets high enough for my liking though!

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