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jonathanheierle
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Aug 29, 2014 14:37 |  #286

how exactly do you do a star trail photo? is it more than one exposure or is it just taken in the middle of the night where theres no light whatsoever?


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Aug 30, 2014 09:29 |  #287

I did this a while ago in one shot just seeing where the south celestial pole is

IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/9UicZEB.png

and did this a few nights ago just to see how image stacking works, two shots. Could be improved I guess.

IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/BAohskD.png

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Aug 30, 2014 10:06 |  #288

I'm still impressed how nice and smooth all of these trails look. Mine look like crap....jagged dotted lines :(


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Aug 30, 2014 11:26 |  #289

Olympia rider wrote in post #17126145 (external link)
I did this a while ago in one shot just seeing where the south celestial pole is

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and did this a few nights ago just to see how image stacking works, two shots. Could be improved I guess.

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I like the first one, maybe do some color temperature on that one, the tree is too blue.


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Sep 01, 2014 05:33 |  #290

Totally agree and there's a lot of distant city light pollution. I'm planing a trip into the outback soon and want to try various shots again.


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Sep 01, 2014 12:54 |  #291

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ozQP​L1] (external link)Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Startrails take2 darker (external link) by Notquitesure (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 02, 2014 20:39 |  #292

jonathanheierle wrote in post #17124997external link
how exactly do you do a star trail photo? is it more than one exposure or is it just taken in the middle of the night where theres no light whatsoever?

try StarStax, http://www.markus-enzweiler.de/software/​software.htmlexternal link

StarStaX is a fast multi-platform image stacking and blending software, which is developed primarily for Star Trail Photography. It allows to merge a series of photos into a single image, where the relative motion of the stars creates structures looking like star trails.

StarStaX is available as Freeware for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Click here for more information, documentation and software download.


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Sep 05, 2014 10:31 |  #293

Oh man! no you didn't, a star trail with cape hatteras. Man i wan't to do this the next time i visit OBX Would you like to divulge the setup? Awesome photo.


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Sep 06, 2014 08:50 |  #294

Olympia rider wrote in post #17126145 (external link)
and did this a few nights ago just to see how image stacking works, two shots. Could be improved I guess.

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Hey - a fellow bike rider, cool!
What's your ride and how about that night light on the bars?
What kind/specs?
I used to ride at night in the mid-late 1990's with the good old nightrider waterbottle lead-acid battery.....
Here's a night ride 1999 @ Phoenix South Mtg park

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Sep 07, 2014 04:50 |  #295

mtbdudex wrote in post #17138805 (external link)
Hey - a fellow bike rider, cool!
What's your ride and how about that night light on the bars?
What kind/specs?
I used to ride at night in the mid-late 1990's with the good old nightrider waterbottle lead-acid battery.....
Here's a night ride 1999 @ Phoenix South Mtg park
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Hi mate where everywhere aren't we. Every forum I go to there's cyclists.
I have lots of bikes, the one in shot is a hybrid in every sense of the word, 26er frame 29er wheels cyclocross forks compact road crank with ultegra derailleur and the rest xt and it's all carbon.
I broke my 29er frame but another is being made now. That light is a Cree 3200 very cheap from ebay. There still cheap but have double the power now. Cree is a good brand.:)


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Sep 07, 2014 12:40 |  #296

I've looked through all pages here and there are a lot of very nice star trail images but in over all comparison of proper lit FG and properly exposed images for star trails and over all best in color of stars this image IMHPO is the cream of the crop here so far in this thread . This is for sure a wall hanger and a good example to all here who wish to do a star trail composite and have a lit FG in the image .

Blake this is a perfect image !




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Sep 07, 2014 14:52 |  #297

Celestron wrote in post #17140434external link
I've looked through all pages here and there are a lot of very nice star trail images but in over all comparison of proper lit FG and properly exposed images for star trails and over all best in color of stars this image IMHPO is the cream of the crop here so far in this thread . This is for sure a wall hanger and a good example to all here who wish to do a star trail composite and have a lit FG in the image .

Blake this is a perfect image !

Wow, thanks Celestron! Very much appreciated!!!


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Sep 07, 2014 14:55 |  #298

J-Blake wrote in post #17140660external link
Wow, thanks Celestron! Very much appreciated!!!

Jon...what program do you use to stack your trails? I love your night sky shots.


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Sep 07, 2014 21:44 |  #299

Thanks Paul!

The star trails were processed using Waguila Star Stacker.


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Sep 08, 2014 06:33 |  #300

J-Blake wrote in post #17141318external link
Thanks Paul!

The star trails were processed using Waguila Star Stacker.

Thanks! Does it only operate in photoshop? I have Elements. And does it run on mac?


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