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Old 31st of October 2008 (Fri)   #1
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Default First night sky

Went out tonight at the top of winter hill to get some shots of the stars
Sadly it was slightly cloudy.

Both the pics below were shot at 30 seconds
I did try for a longer exposre but a few cars full of chavs pulled up with thier lights on.

It will be doing it again on the next clear night (cant wait)

Anyway here they are
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Shame about the clouds and chavs, but it looks like you get pretty dark skies at that site? What was the focal length and which lens were you using? I'm guessing the 17-40 at 17mm? 30s is about the limit at that focal length, and you can already see some star trails.

They're good shots though. I love images like this as they're a great way to learn the constellations, and thus make it easier to find those deep space objects you're after. Try the same sort of thing with the 50mm f/1.8, only with less exposure time. The first pic is straight at Cygnus, which is rich with Milky Way stuff, and the 50mm will bring some of it out.

I see you managed to capture Andromeda in the second pic too!
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Shame about the clouds and chavs, but it looks like you get pretty dark skies at that site? What was the focal length and which lens were you using? I'm guessing the 17-40 at 17mm? 30s is about the limit at that focal length, and you can already see some star trails.

They're good shots though. I love images like this as they're a great way to learn the constellations, and thus make it easier to find those deep space objects you're after. Try the same sort of thing with the 50mm f/1.8, only with less exposure time. The first pic is straight at Cygnus, which is rich with Milky Way stuff, and the 50mm will bring some of it out.
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I see you managed to capture Andromeda in the second pic too! ;
really i cant see it
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try to get some foreground elements into these shots. that gives the person viewing the pics more perspective, IMO.
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Loving photos mate. U the moon yet?
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really i cant see it
You have to whack up the highlights and fill light. Kills the image, but brings out the "invisible" detail. (Andromeda Galaxy is circled. Easy to find as the right-side of the 'W' of Cassiopeia points to it.)

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I did try for a longer exposre but a few cars full of chavs pulled up with thier lights on.
Chavs? Translation?
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Chavs? Translation?
Basicaly it means people that go around thinking that they are bad ass when really they are idiots
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You have to whack up the highlights and fill light. Kills the image, but brings out the "invisible" detail. (Andromeda Galaxy is circled. Easy to find as the right-side of the 'W' of Cassiopeia points to it.)

this thing ??
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