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A couple of star trails in North Dakota

 
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Jul 26, 2011 11:53 |  #1

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Jul 27, 2011 13:53 |  #2

I can see everyone is SPEECHLESS about these!




  
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Jul 27, 2011 14:05 |  #3

You definantly can see more stars up there than i can here. what are your specs on the pic?


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Jul 27, 2011 14:13 as a reply to  @ 04yellowf150's post |  #4

Thanks for asking. I am new to this, short of a few other tries, but I think I have the basics for shooting w/o telescopes. I have a tc-80n3 and I set it up to do 10 images, 30 sec, with 2 secs in between. I aimed at polaris and focused using live view. I shot at ISO 1600 at f 3.2 for 30 secs and stacked the 10 images in Starstax (photoshop did the same thing).

For the second, it was the same process only 14 images. ISO 100, 60sec exposure and ISO 1000.

I plan to do some more with an interesting foreground. My friend has a tracker I want to use as well (not to mention scopes :)

North Dakota has no big cities and the skys are a dream on a clear night. You can see everything and falling stars all the time. Its something you have to see. I would love to do a panorama or something.




  
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Jul 27, 2011 14:22 |  #5

Your off to a really good start. Im not famailer with that program. for star trails i use the star trails program from http://www.startrails.​de/ (external link) . and for stacking pics I use deep sky stacker. Have you tried any milky way shots yet?


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Jul 27, 2011 15:30 |  #6

I haven't successfully. What does deep sky stacker do that startrails doesn't is a good question. I have a mac so I can't get it. I wonder if there is a good stacker for mac. Do these do anything that photoshop doesn't?




  
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Jul 27, 2011 18:17 |  #7

You are off to a good start I think. Next time you might try putting something in the fore ground so that you have a context for the shot and not just rings of light. If you can get an old barn or lone tree on the horizon it can make things really interesting.




  
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