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Once Up on a time in The West... Do look at this large.

Once Up on a time in The West... Do look at this large.
My first try at going out into the dark from the new home I have been foiled by smoke and fires for three nights. This is 20 min from home left North Right is south Perth city lights. main reason was to find a spot to get Orion from I have just two months of view, but I was foiled by 13% moon and setting @ 11:30pm.

A few notes on the sky and surround.

Steve D, Special K, , tiabunna and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


6 comments - The latest ones
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
wonderful
20 months ago.
Steve Paxton club
has replied to Annemarie club
Thank you makes a wonderful background on the computer.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Looks like you are getting a real look at the dark skies now only 20 mins from home. I am still in the town lighting with that. A great view here demonstrating you knowledge of your dark skies again. This looks pretty sharp considering it was done at 20 secs - I see that the Perth plume can still be seen looking in this direction. Great job, well done.

Herb
20 months ago.
Steve Paxton club
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Thanks Herb it was a case of being hemmed in by fire and smoke and wanting to get out and try some place up this way. Looks like it will do me for the deep space shots. I note I only see Andromeda very low and only for a very short time no chance of getting any photo. Next year I will have to make that my target to try and get.

Good small lens that has well paid for itself.
20 months ago.
 Coldwaterjohn
Coldwaterjohn club
I am guessing this was a single image exposure? Have you considered using stacking? What lens were you using? For instance with a 15mm lens you can expose up to 30 seconds, at say ISO2000 and stack ten exposures at that setting, which will provide you with a very much brighter star detail. Free software called Sequator will do the stacking for you very efficiently...
19 months ago.
Steve Paxton club
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Thank you for the suggestion but it would not work in this case. this shot(s) is made from 6 (180degrees) shot vertically 25sec each 25sec noise reduction or 300second from start to finish. Its companion photo on Flickr.

www.flickr.com/photos/33814724@N03/49152255182

is 13 shots(360 degrees) or 650 seconds. far too much movement of the sky if you stacked a few shots for each one unless you set out to split the sky and the ground. may I suggest you look at.

www.ipernity.com/group/2279870

I have a Full frame and the 14mm is a 14mm so no crop factor to worry about. I know that 30 second shot there is far too much star movement I have slowly over the last 6 years worked down to 20 sec each shot no movement over the whole frame. My full frame I can expose at 1600 ISO very well and lift the exposure a little but some thing I did not do in this case as it was all moon light.

Sequator I know very well as I use that to stack my deep space shots that are taken on the tracker.

www.ipernity.com/doc/1073393/album/1218546

Has proved to be a great program for this. what you are suggesting works best this way.

www.ipernity.com/doc/1073393/48944378//in/album/1218546

only sky no ground but I have been able to mix the up

www.ipernity.com/doc/1073393/48702324//in/album/1218546

But is a lot of work in Photo shop to blend the two shots together. there are uses for all the programs but each has its limitations I still to this day love getting out in the night and doing just straight astro photography but it great to do deep space as well but such a lot of set up.

I hope this is help full to you and others as well. I do hope that you come back to this shot to read this.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.

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