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Mar 27, 2017 06:50 as a reply to post 18311642 |  #3601

Nice shots dude... how do you find the Sky Watcher kit? I have been considering it myself

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Mar 27, 2017 13:31 |  #3602

tuffty wrote in post #18312111 (external link)
Nice shots dude... how do you find the Sky Watcher kit? I have been considering it myself

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It's nice, much better than the iOptron Skytracker (which I used to own), it's a good step between the really cheap tracking mounts like the Skytracker/Polarie and the mounts actually intended for telescopes (such as the HEQ5 or AVX on the low end). It's got a lot of options for tracking, a really good built in polar scope, and good controls for making adjustments, not to mention a counterweight bar and declination bracket that none of the other cheaper mounts have.


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Mar 28, 2017 06:12 |  #3603

pdxbenedetti wrote in post #18312412 (external link)
It's nice, much better than the iOptron Skytracker (which I used to own), it's a good step between the really cheap tracking mounts like the Skytracker/Polarie and the mounts actually intended for telescopes (such as the HEQ5 or AVX on the low end). It's got a lot of options for tracking, a really good built in polar scope, and good controls for making adjustments, not to mention a counterweight bar and declination bracket that none of the other cheaper mounts have.

Cool thanks dude.. I am not at the telescope stage as yet... 24mm samyang for widefield and was going to start with my 70-200 f2.8 for DSO for now... was looking at the AstroTrac but that is double the price for the same setup comparatively once you have added the wedge and polar scope in plus its a lot for something that for me is an occasional use item...

Dark skies and clear weather are not the easiest to guarantee happening together in the UK so it would be an opportunist toy rather than anything more serious.

If you have any more images you have taken using this I'd be interested to see them

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Apr 02, 2017 00:59 |  #3604

tuffty wrote in post #18313045 (external link)
Cool thanks dude.. I am not at the telescope stage as yet... 24mm samyang for widefield and was going to start with my 70-200 f2.8 for DSO for now... was looking at the AstroTrac but that is double the price for the same setup comparatively once you have added the wedge and polar scope in plus its a lot for something that for me is an occasional use item...

Dark skies and clear weather are not the easiest to guarantee happening together in the UK so it would be an opportunist toy rather than anything more serious.

If you have any more images you have taken using this I'd be interested to see them

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I've got lots of shots I've taken with the Star Adventurer on my flickr page, just click one of the images. Here's some more, from last night:

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/SbA6​Lq] (external link)Pole to Pole at Rockport (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/TgLu​yi] (external link)Peoa Barn Milky Way (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Tenr​JQ] (external link)Smith and Morehouse Panorama (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

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Apr 06, 2017 19:21 |  #3605

This is my second time shooting a MW pano and the first with a foreground. More to it than it looks.

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Apr 06, 2017 20:41 |  #3606

J-Blake wrote in post #18321544 (external link)
This is my second time shooting a MW pano and the first with a foreground. More to it than it looks.

Wow, love it Jon!


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Apr 07, 2017 04:56 |  #3607

J-Blake wrote in post #18321544 (external link)
This is my second time shooting a MW pano and the first with a foreground. More to it than it looks.

Excellent job and I'll bet that was quite the post processing effort!


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Apr 07, 2017 06:38 |  #3608

rezcar wrote in post #18321586 (external link)
Wow, love it Jon!

Thanks rezcar!

mikeearly wrote in post #18321769 (external link)
Excellent job and I'll bet that was quite the post processing effort!

Thanks Mike. Yeah, it was pretty brutal. I took the image in 3 shots to get the width of the MW, each made from 4 - 30 second shots. Then merged each 4 shot setup to eliminate noise and finally stitched together the pano. The foreground was another pano of the 3 best shots as pertaining to the lighting which included a 2 minute low ISO shot of the house. Somehow it all went together pretty easy.


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Apr 07, 2017 16:07 |  #3609

J-Blake wrote in post #18321804 (external link)
Thanks rezcar!

Thanks Mike. Yeah, it was pretty brutal. I took the image in 3 shots to get the width of the MW, each made from 4 - 30 second shots. Then merged each 4 shot setup to eliminate noise and finally stitched together the pano. The foreground was another pano of the 3 best shots as pertaining to the lighting which included a 2 minute low ISO shot of the house. Somehow it all went together pretty easy.

newbie here, do you then stitch the foreground pano you've made with the MW pano?


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Apr 08, 2017 00:44 |  #3610

An all-sky panorama taken at Crows Nest National Park in South East Queensland yesterday morning at about 4am. That's my brother-in-law doing some binocular observing in the lower part of the image. Nice to be out under the Milky Way again!

I stitched approximately 30 images (each 30 sec exposures with my 6D and Samyang 14mm lens at f/2.8 and 6400 iso) using Microsoft ICE to make this panorama.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/TAcf​BN] (external link)All-sky panorama (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr


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Apr 08, 2017 09:40 |  #3611

mpstan wrote in post #18322196 (external link)
newbie here, do you then stitch the foreground pano you've made with the MW pano?

mpstan, merge them together with layer masks in PS. They're not really pano's at that point and you will lose control over the portions you want to show from each.


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Apr 10, 2017 21:05 |  #3612

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Apr 11, 2017 10:59 |  #3613

oximuis wrote in post #18324696 (external link)
Old Church by my house.

this answers my question...can the sky be seen enough at these Ruins to warrant a visit...answer is yes...probably not this month, but maybe next month when I am there. Great image.


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Apr 11, 2017 11:25 |  #3614

I'm still struggling with the MW especially in regards with noise.

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Apr 11, 2017 12:01 |  #3615

2cruise wrote in post #18325135 (external link)
I'm still struggling with the MW especially in regards with noise.

Zeiss Distagon @21mm | 15s. | f/2.8 | ISO 3200

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