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Jul 22, 2012 08:23 |  #4741

navydoc wrote in post #14751439 (external link)
Beautiful photo of theOrion Nebula Steve. Is astrophotography how you came by your username?

Thanks very much Gene. Yes it is, I started using that in the astro forums many years ago. I shoot wildlife during daylight hours and mainly birds.

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I'm thinking that...I really like those images. ;)

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Jul 22, 2012 08:31 |  #4742

Nighthound wrote in post #14751586 (external link)
Thanks very much Gene. Yes it is, I started using that in the astro forums many years ago. I shoot wildlife during daylight hours and mainly birds.

I'm a big fan of your bird photography.


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Jul 22, 2012 08:56 |  #4743

Nighthound wrote in post #14751378 (external link)
Canon 20D (unmodified)| Takahashi Sky 90 II on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
Focal length 407mm with flattener/reducer | 5 hours total exposure (over course of 2 nights)

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Canon 20D (unmodified)| Meade LX200R on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
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Focal length 1,575mm with flattener/reducer | 1.5 hours total exposure
The below image of the Great Orion Nebula(M42) is a composite of 4 frames.

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Absolutely amazing


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Jul 22, 2012 13:05 as a reply to  @ jack880's post |  #4744

Fantastic shots Steve (Nighthound)!
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Jul 22, 2012 13:08 as a reply to  @ Candersson's post |  #4745

Do you use the same setup for shooting birds too?


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Jul 22, 2012 13:41 |  #4746

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Thanks for showing.

Thanks very much Thomas.

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Do you use the same setup for shooting birds too?

The set up I use these days for birds is the MK IV / 500L on Wimberley head and Skimmer Ground Pod. (except when I'm hand holding for flight and occasional action):

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Jul 22, 2012 14:01 |  #4747

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The red fish-shaped gummy candy is called a Swedish Fish. I figured that you catch a gummy fish using a gummy worm. Hence "Swedish Fishing."

I don't know if Swedish Fish have any origins in Sweden. I haven't looked into that...

I can vouche for that.. i'm a Swede :)


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Jul 22, 2012 14:47 as a reply to  @ bent toe's post |  #4748

Nighthound, all I can say is Wow, great bird shots.
I use a telescope mounted to a 35mm camera once. It was great for doing street photography, of course the people we were shooting were on the other side of Lake Havasu, AZ and it's a big lake.:lol:


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Jul 22, 2012 15:19 |  #4749

Nighthound wrote in post #14751378 (external link)
Canon 20D (unmodified)| Takahashi Sky 90 II on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
Focal length 407mm with flattener/reducer | 5 hours total exposure (over course of 2 nights)

QUOTED IMAGE

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Canon 20D (unmodified)| Meade LX200R on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
*Camera not shown, mounts where eyepiece is at the back of the optical tube.
Focal length 1,575mm with flattener/reducer | 1.5 hours total exposure
The below image of the Great Orion Nebula(M42) is a composite of 4 frames.

QUOTED IMAGE

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Great job. As good as you will find on NASA's POTD

Your other photo's are top notch as well. Really good work.


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Jul 22, 2012 15:23 |  #4750

Nice shots in both genres Steve. How does the 500L compare to the Tak for astro stuff ?
Are they taken unguided ?


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Jul 22, 2012 16:26 |  #4751

Calicajun wrote in post #14752850 (external link)
Nighthound, all I can say is Wow, great bird shots.
I use a telescope mounted to a 35mm camera once. It was great for doing street photography, of course the people we were shooting were on the other side of Lake Havasu, AZ and it's a big lake.:lol:

Thanks again Gene. I used a Meade AR-5 refractor for a while before I picked up the 100-400L. It was a beast to move around but the reach was nice. The optics had terrible CA as well and the tube was bright white so not a very stealthy approach. Which telescope are you using?

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Great job. As good as you will find on NASA's POTD

Your other photo's are top notch as well. Really good work.

Thanks very much for the kind compliments.

SteveInNZ wrote in post #14752988 (external link)
Nice shots in both genres Steve. How does the 500L compare to the Tak for astro stuff ?
Are they taken unguided ?

Thanks Steve. I haven't even tried my 500L for astro work but I've seen the work of others that have. I'd say the 500 optics are right on par with the Sky 90 for deep sky work. Judging by what I've seen with the 500 during daylight and the Sky 90 at night, the CA looks very much the same but those are two very different situations so I can't say for sure. I have no idea how much field curvature would result with the 500 which would be a concern since I don't think there are flatteners available.


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Jul 22, 2012 17:53 as a reply to  @ Nighthound's post |  #4752

" I used a Meade AR-5 refractor for a while before I picked up the 100-400L. It was a beast to move around but the reach was nice. The optics had terrible CA as well and the tube was bright white so not a very stealthy approach. Which telescope are you using?"

I have no idea what telescope or power it was, as it belonged to a friend who we used to go water skiing with a lot. It looked a lot like the shot scope in your post. IQ wasn't great but the subject matter was, lots of girls in bikinis.:D Hey, it was about 25 years ago.


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Jul 22, 2012 18:06 |  #4753

Nighthound wrote in post #14751378 (external link)
Canon 20D (unmodified)| Takahashi Sky 90 II on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
Focal length 407mm with flattener/reducer | 5 hours total exposure (over course of 2 nights)

QUOTED IMAGE

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Canon 20D (unmodified)| Meade LX200R on Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial Mount
*Camera not shown, mounts where eyepiece is at the back of the optical tube.
Focal length 1,575mm with flattener/reducer | 1.5 hours total exposure
The below image of the Great Orion Nebula(M42) is a composite of 4 frames.

QUOTED IMAGE

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That's mind blowing. Seriously awesome stuff :)


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Jul 22, 2012 22:05 |  #4754

Great shots Nighthound!! All of your bird shots show f/8.0 in the Exif info. Is this correct? The bird is so sharp but the image appears to be very shallow DOF. Is this simply the 500L compression?


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Jul 23, 2012 00:39 |  #4755

Usually I get sick of people quoting a quoting a post with the same pictures all over again.

But not this time. The last one is seriously impressive. Good job Nighthound.


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