My first "successful" Milky Way Panorama, compiled in cs6
May 13, 2013
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Stunning work, and very inspirational. I have no doubt as soon as ValHallen sees this we'll be planning another trip south!
April 9, 2013
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International Dark Sky week is upon us!! 5-11 April, get out there and look up! Here's my first contribution, and the first stack done with the new, fast Samyang 85mm. This is the tail of Scorpio and the 2 clusters, Ptolemy's Cluster (M7) and the Butterfly Cluster(M6).
This was done with 11 Lights and one dark frame, 3.2 second exposures, ISO 3200. Stacked in DSS.
April 2, 2013
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So we got back from Mount Tongariro day before yesterday, with sore muscles, some scratches in rather intimate places and about 4,000 shots of the sky and environs. These will take a while to process and upload, but for now, take my word for the awesomeness of the trip!
Here's where we were, on the ridge as shown in this map:
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So we climbed up from the hut, and that hurt. But once we got there and got the tents up, it was click click click all night. The pics are coming.
In other news:
What's this "Air and Darkness" thing?
Since Val won a photo competition, he's decided to push the photography a bit, with a view to the future, so he came up with a name for it (inspired by Harry Dresden no less) and so we get A&D:
Or maybe should be called ADD :)
Anyways will go back to collating thousands of photos now, post again soon (yeah right).
Quick Edit with a resource:
Light pollution on Google maps
Second shot processed! A small and very grateful plug here - if you need to rent a camera in Auckland, you can't go past White Studios (http://www.whitestudios.co.nz/).
They rented me a 5d2 for the trip and were helpful, awesome and introduced me to Sammy, the cat :) Very cool peeps, awesome price, great support, highly recommended!
The first shot from the Tongariro expedition. It was an awesome night to be shooting on a mountain! This is the first shot processed from the 5D Mk2 I hired for the occasion, and all I have to say is wow, full-frame camera is definitely in the cards sometime in the future!
We walked for 2 hours to get to the ridge we had chosen to shoot from, including some insane hill climb action, but totally worth it!! I will be processing and posting the shots, timelapses and stacks as I get time to do them, so watch this space!
February 21, 2013
February 19, 2013
Comet Lemmon, SMC and Tuc47 Cluster. Shot last night on 50mm lens over at Bill's place.
I have to say I am very happy with the job Deep Sky Stacker has done on these (20frames at 6s), but surprised it killed the colour :D
February 18, 2013
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February 13, 2013
Not a POTD, but still quite happy with it. I'm finding that shooting the 'Way on a 14mm is quite hard. Especially hard to get everything in focus!
13-17 seconds at ISO 3200 gives some good results, if a little noisy. If I can get a stack working, even of 5 or 6 images, this will be stunning.
Worth the 4am wake up!
February 12, 2013
February 11, 2013
February 10, 2013
Spent about 4 hours out there doingthis last night, and got fogged about halfway through, of course having the interval set to 100ms between shots meant I couldn't check to see how Foggy it actually was! So a learning experience there!
Also, 1600 ISO produces very nice and detailed trails, but they're an ASS to post process. I ended up doing them in batches of 20 shots set to lighten then adding the batches to one another, anything else meant for additive noise and yuk!
February 9, 2013
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First Up, the ever-good Cambridge in Colour, always good for a multitude of things, and they dont treat you like an idiot.
Next up is Star Circle Academy, which is all about astro shooting and is VERY good!
Last but not least, todays article about Startrails
Well, after a wee foray into HDR (more next week) and running around on other things (landscape, winning competitions etc) :D I got the chance to head out last night with Liam to have an adventure.
We went for rather s nice drive and ended up here, at Mahurangi Regional Park. So this is the Milky Way and some of Auckland in the corner. The skies cleared nicely for a while, so there was much running around.
February 2, 2013
January 28, 2013
27th Pic of the Day .. having fun with Panoramas! This is the Algies Bay Boat ramp, with the Full moon reflected in the water, and Jupiter visible up in the left hand side there. Roughly 180 degrees
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Sadly, no port of CHDK yet, though work seems to be in progress on that. Fingers crossed we'll be able to get RAW out of it soon. A trip to the local hardware store and much experimenting with the camera and an eyepiece in store ("Can I help you find something?" " No, I don't know what I'm looking for") resulted in the acquiring of an odd looking piece of plumbing hardware. A quick hacksaw and much sanding and filing later, and I had an adaptor that takes a GSO 1.25" eyepiece on one end, and slips fairly tightly over the Ixus on the other. Et voila, the birth of astrocam 3 (or is it 4? what are we up to valHallen?).
The bush fires in Aussie were casting a pall across the sky last night, so seeing wasn't the best. Unfortunately it also clouded up around the horizon denying us what would have been a spectacular sunset, if the brief glimpses of a blood-red sun an hour before it hit the horizon were anything to go by. I pointed valHallen's scope at the Moon and then Jupiter once the sun was sufficiently in hiding, and was quite stunned at the details on the camera screen. I shot a few movies and fed one of them to Registax, and below is the resulting shot of Jupiter with (L to R) Ganymede, Europa and Io in tow through the 15mm GSO 1.25". Registax is quite daunting to the newcomer, so I'm sure we can do better with some practice, better focus, and better seeing! Very happy with the result though. Click the link below for Flickr, as usual.