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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 June 2020 at 09:45
I thought the moon yesterday looked striking in the pre-sunset sky


Waxing gibbous moon A65 & Minolta AF 500mm Reflex F8
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2020 at 22:36
I'm always a fan of 'daylight moons' :-)   I'm sure you are considering 'stacking', Howard. Even 10 shots can smooth the blue sky a little.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2020 at 23:31
Interesting idea, Mikey. I had not properly considered it even though I have been doing focus stacking for macros a great deal recently. I took probably too few shots of the moon the other night (hand held too!), but the next time (especially Friday if the sky is clear) I might give it a go and use a tripod to keep the moon in the same part of the frame.

It looks like I can run Registax in a VirtualBox emulation with the Windows OS on my iMac, so I'll gather up some more photos when I can and try it out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 June 2020 at 15:19
So here we are, 20 pictures of last night's Supermoon stacked with Registax


Super moon, stacked | A65 and Minolta AF 500mm Reflex F8

This looks over-processed to me, but a lot of detail is extracted from the stacked images. This is the first time I have used Registax and while the alignment part is pretty straightforward the sharpening/processing with wavelets and whatnots is quite mystifying. I started with this page as a guide, and if there are other recommended tutorials I'll be glad to hear about them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2020 at 18:58
Moon set at the beach

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2020 at 20:19
Very nice, Fred: the other-worldliness of the beach furniture fits the scene!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2020 at 20:20
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Moon set at the beach
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Lovely composition!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2020 at 21:15
Thanks Howard and Mike! Not the usual stuff around here or my best shot ever, but I liked it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2020 at 21:45
Swimming pool after sunset

I was hoping for more star reflections, but I like the result (despite all the coma)



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2020 at 22:43
No shots from comet Neowise here yet ??
I missed it so far :-(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2020 at 22:52
Too cloudy here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2020 at 23:39
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

No shots from comet Neowise here yet ??
I missed it so far :-(

Exactly what I was thinking. I was planning on trying tonight but it's raining a lot. But here in the US I think the visibility for the next 5 days or so. I hope to have at least one shot at it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2020 at 15:45
I've managed two so far. It's pretty low in the sky so I need to be out and about to avoid the trees at the side of our garden etc.     It's supposed to be getting a bit higher in the sky, I believe. And Friday night is forecast to be clear so hoping for some more :-)


(These are duplicated in the July Primes threads...)

Comet Neowise over London

Camera Model: ILCA-99M2 | Lens: Minolta AF 28mm F2.8 | Focal Length: 28 mm | Aperture: f/2.8 | Exposure Time: 0.6 | ISO: 12800

Neowise Over Field

Lens: Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art.   16 stacked pics at F2 ISO4000
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2020 at 16:26
I like the first one, Mike.
Why the fast shutter and high ISO? I thought the comet would be relatively motionless for, say, a 10 sec exposure.
The second one has a very nice sky and comet but a more interesting fg would've added more punch to the shot, I feel.

Yes, the comet is expected to rise higher in the sky so it should be easy to remove distracting low horizon objects later this week.

Here's an external graphic that shows where to spot it and relative position in the sky over the next few days.

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