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Old 2nd of July 2011 (Sat)   #1
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Default Yet another Milky Way, plus others

We ended up pulling an all-nighter last night at public night, since the best conditions were forecast to be after midnight. And it paid off. By the time 1:30 came around conditions were tremendous. And we even had a family come in around 3:00AM to look at things, when we though it was going to be just us astro-geeks that late!

I also tried for some DSO shots with a rented 400mm lens, but didn't have much luck with that. Here is a sample of what I did get, though:

Setting up the Questar:


Conditions around sunset:


I'm really growing to love the Tokina 11-16. Getting both the big dipper and Polaris in the same shot is pretty cool.


My best Milky Way yet, single shot:
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Old 2nd of July 2011 (Sat)   #2
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nice, like the night shots
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Old 3rd of July 2011 (Sun)   #3
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Nice Milky Way, we have the same camera, T1i.
I see you used Exposure 30 second, /2.8 ISO = 1600.

Have you found ISO 1600 works for more for you compared to ISO 800?
For some reason when I did test/bracket shots ISO 1600 vs ISO 800 seems 800 looks slightly more crisp.
Curious your experience.
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Well 800 definitely has less noise, but 1600 isn't too bad, and the ability to shorten the exposures wins it for me on shots that I'm not going to blow up too big.
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Awesome clouds in the 2nd image! I am lusting for an 11-16 for my T3i.

Congrats on the Milky Way shot, too!
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Awesome clouds in the 2nd image! I am lusting for an 11-16 for my T3i.

Congrats on the Milky Way shot, too!
Thanks. I'm really getting to like that lens.
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