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#1 SPARATORE

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 01:20 AM

The use of a Equatorial Tracking Mount for Astrophotography is a must... otherwise if you use a tripod only...you get star streaks like those in the image attached if your exposures are over 7 seconds. However, streaks aside, I thought this was an interesting image mostly because of the campfire lighting.

 

Note the star cluster at the 2 O'Clock position, that is over the Southern Hemisphere and Saturn is to its left about 25* rendering a slight orange tint. The campers new I was there, they shined flashlights at me a few times after I got set up but never approached me, probably because most people out in that remote area pack iron for protection, I did, I had the Super Blackhawk with me, just in case a nasty bear decide to get too close. 

 

Camera: D800E W/70-200mm, 15sec @ f/4, ASA-640. PP Adobe LR & CS6.  Out in the Boonies North of Markleeville, CA. 

 

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 01:05 PM

Yes lovely image Don.


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 01:52 PM

Wow very Nice!!!!

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 12:53 PM

Very nice shot, Don.

 

One of our neighbours is just getting into Astro Photography.  I'm going to have to tell him about the Equatorial Tracking Mount.  Quick update:  just googled that mount.  If I tell Steve about it, his wife is gonna kill me!  :lol: 


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Posted 07 October 2019 - 02:16 PM

Yes lovely image Don.

 

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Good of you to stop by, thanks.

 

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 02:17 PM

Wow very Nice!!!!

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It could have been in sharper focus but, its difficult in the dark to hit the sweet spot. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 02:44 PM

Very nice shot, Don.

 

One of our neighbours is just getting into Astro Photography.  I'm going to have to tell him about the Equatorial Tracking Mount.  Quick update:  just googled that mount.  If I tell Steve about it, his wife is gonna kill me!  :lol: 

 

Mark... thanks for your remarks.

 

Technology has allowed amateurs to enter the discipline however, for high quality HD images, you need an excellent, stable smooth tracking mount, then a very good Refractor Scope... an APO Triplet with ED Glass which is capable of producing stunning images of deep space objects. The Reflector Scopes are great for observation but, most are not up to the task of deep space imaging where shooting multiple frames for hours is required. Refractors are typically many f/stops faster than Reflectors... lowering the exposure times and allowing for multiple frames that can be compiled into a masterpiece. 

 

As in most cases... high quality requires significant amounts of $$$

 

 

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:44 PM

Wow! Such atmosphere... well done, Don!

 

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 06:38 PM

Wow! Such atmosphere... well done, Don!

 

:rolleyes:

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Thank you... I guess I should have framed and signed it... maybe I will go back to Lightroom and Photoshop and perform some more touch-ups. 

 

I plan to be their again later this week, with the Telescope and Cameras, concentration on improving the focus. The Moon will interfere with deep space observing but, the Moon makes a good subject, I will have to make some good ones of the Luna. 

 

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