October 31, 2011
Some notes: Galaxy tab is used for geotagging, star charts and reading books whilst waiting for timlapses. Webcam and Finepix are not in use yet, they're earmarked for prime focus stuffs, once I get them apart. Hardly ever use the 70-200mm, although its a fine lens indeed. Enough of this kit-style blather Val!
Here's the first results of what can be done with them.
Here's the first shot through the camera projection mount, taken by Jacqui, so qualifies as her first astro shot ever! Didn't she do well? It's the crescent moon, shot on the 20D, using the 25mm mount inside the Camera projection tube.
Then toinght I bodge mounted the noise pollution filter on the IXUS80 and took 2 shots through it. Done nothing but reduced the noise here.
As you can see that knocks the streetlights right the hell out, so I am defintely looking forward to using this both in the scope and in the camera projection mount.
I just wanted to give a big Thank You to Lance for selling me this stuff oh and the 62mm lens up there in the first Kit picture.
October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011
This is of course part of one of my erratic drives to do more with this space. There's some new things coming, hopefully soon.
Also, gots a little piccy from the Bill tonight ... our trackers are on their way! w00t.
October 25, 2011
October 24, 2011
However. It's nice and dark up there, with the worst noise pollution visible in the two shots above. That's the glow from Warkworth/Snells Beach.
The shot on the left is taken with the EF 28-80mm Lens, aperture 3.4, the shot on the right Sigma Super-Wide FD 24mm, aperture 2.8.
Trouble with the fast lens is how fungal it is (the stars are actually in sharp focus.
So a small success, a nice dark place to shoot, and to transport scopes up to. Also gained a burning desire to procure a faster lens, as the 18-55 is nice, but could be a lot nicer. When I get more $$$ I think a fast 50 might be the order of the day.
Unless of course y'all want to donate something? :)
Ok, just asking!
Here's a pic of the hunter to leave you with.
October 23, 2011
Also, I have discovered a new photo site for uploading of cool things. Wander on over to Pixoto and take a look at things there. My stuff can usually be found int he Astronomy section :D
October 18, 2011
Bill however, should have some tracker construction shots up soon ...
SO, a vote or two wouldn;t go astray :)
October 11, 2011
October 10, 2011
One of the Church Attempts, this is the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo - the clouds were pouring in fast that night, so I was rushing around trying to get some shots. This is perhaps the best of the evening.
October 7, 2011
October 6, 2011
Here's what happens when I get a little fired up over post. This is from the same mt john tracker batch, with heavy contrast adjustment and post. Also some NR.
Makes we wonder where to take this blog really. Can't afford the top-end gear, so hence the journey ... anyone want to lend me a 5D Mk II for a year?
I should say tours. We stayed up there for 3 tours. The Earth and Sky guys and girls were just the best. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Chrissy, Matt, Christian and Chris, and of course Maki who put up with a totally spastic amateur astro-photog asking all kinds of dumb questions and gonig squeeeeeee all over the tracker.
The photos going up on Flickr and here at the moment are a combo of my own efforts, and the ones I got up at Mt John with the help and support of the tour guys. I really couldn't recommend these guys higher.
K, K, shutting up now.