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Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

Originally posted by lonsdale50 lonsdale50 wrote:

Jupiter with Europa & Io
An interesting experiment and promising results, well done!

Thanks for the encouragement. Definitely not as artistic as your wide angle astro shots - I think I need to get a tracking mount before I progress onto those (and find somewhere dark!)
 



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Originally posted by lonsdale50 lonsdale50 wrote:


But not sure whether this is allowed on Dyxum as in my eyes not strictly photography! - as was 40 seconds of video at 24fps - resulting in approx 1000 images, processed in Pipp, then AS!2 then registax.

As jupiter is low in the horizon (13deg) at my northerly location there is lots of atmospheric dispersion. This results in the color fringing which I couldn't all get rid of with registax. For where I am, Jupiter's altitude is only meant to get better (higher) by 2023!


I'm not the arbiter of what's allowed/disallowed, but many or even most of the astro shots are composites, and video work still involves photographic skills. I think as long as the post is a 'still' image, it's probably legitimate for Dyxum. And you used A-mount equipment.

For my part, I think you did a fine job with the image under challenging circumstances and with limited gear.

For my own (still-shot composite) feeble attempts at Jupiter, I found it helped to use different exposures for the moons vs the planet, then combine (but I did not have access to video). I mention this as a possibility you might or might not want to explore.
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A tripod, a Sony a6000, and a Rokinon 12mm at 10,000 ft

Milky Way taken at Sonora Pass, Sierra Nevada's, California
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2019 at 23:56
Most impressive is the fact that you were at 10,000 ft!
Could I see the color one as well, please?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2019 at 00:58
Hi Sashi;
Sure, happy to share w all members

What I found impressive was how sharp that little lens is. I bought it specially for the shoot


Here's one I call "The Heart"





this one is for a little context

A Milky Way shot
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Here's the whole album
Milky Way at 10,000ft.

I took a chance and the stars lined up in a near Life Changing experience. I found myself in Natures Cathedral
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We had a partial lunar eclipse here today and amazingly, the cloud broke up a bit. (what are the chances of that????)

Now, I'm supposed to be using my 90mm Macro as part of the July Prime Challenge but the results from me aiming the camera+lens down the eyepiece of the telescope were amusingly bad, so I cobbled together a quick and dirty A-Mount/Telescope adapter and mounted the A99ii directly onto the telescope.

I normally use my specialist astro camera for this sort of stuff and stack 1000s of frames. In this case, it just wasn't practical for a variety of reasons, so here's the result of stacking 20 A99ii shots through my 200PDS (1000mm) scope

Partial Lunar Eclipse



At first glance, it just looks like a 'normal' half moon but coloured orange. But look a little closer - the rest of the moon is way more visible than normal... I just wish it was a little sharper but this moon appeared very close to the horizon with plenty of atmospheric disturbance...

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 July 2019 at 00:15
    Lonsdale50 - Jupiter is indeed a frustratingly low-in-the-sky target. I've more or less given up (happy to wait a few decades until it is higher up! - Astronomy is definitely a game of patience)

    While you save up for a tracking mount (don't go in cheap like I did, save up and get a HEQ5 or better, straight away) why not have a fiddle with this kind of image in photoshop - see if you can separate the colour channels and manually align them yourself.

    And keep looking for the Great Red Spot.

    Tonight, I saw Saturn through the telescope - amazing to see but I could tell it would be almost impossibly hard to photograph through all the shimmering haze...

    Roll on winter... :-)
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 July 2019 at 00:50
    I nearly missed this one as an early peek had the moon behind a neighbouring house (or, possibly, cloud).


    Partial lunar eclipse | A7 III and 500mm AF reflex

    A single shot, handheld, using the APS-C crop setting to get up to 750mm ... in fact I'm astonished that I can do 1/1000s / F8 / ISO 2500 at approaching midnight (23:20) in order to do just that.

    Is yours rotated, Mikey? To my naked eye the half-moon effect was decidedly horizontal, as seen here. OTOH, is there really an 'up' in this kind of photo?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 July 2019 at 10:57
    @mikey2000, @Howard_S - terrific eclipse images, great to see!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Micholand Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 18:19
    Partial lunar eclipse as seen in Munich on 2019/07/16

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 04:57
    Well, I have some new gear. Bought a scope, though I have not imaged with it yet. (a little 6 inch newtonian)

    Would have had a lovely full disc to share.... but due to a little carelessness with a new program, I blew out all the highlights.
    Here is just a crop of the moon from this morning just before dawn. A lovely 30% slice if only I did not "blow" it.

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    This crop reduced in size to about 70% of full pixels. (Click for 1280px view)



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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 10:35
    Daytime Half Moon

    α7R III + FE 4/600 GM OSS + 2Î teleconverter @ 1200 mm, f/8, 1/2000 s, ISO 640

    And sadly, I do not own that lens, I just had chance to test it at the Finnish Bird Fair.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 11:31
    @WestCoastCannuck, @Hezu - careful with the GAS gentlemen and I'm very much looking forward to seeing more images from your setups (assuming there's a 4/600 in your future Hezu?)
    C & C always welcome
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 August 2019 at 08:15
    Large Magellanic Cloud
    (photobombed by red skyglow and a satellie)

    A65, Sony 85mm f/2.8, single 2 minute tracked exposure
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