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Mar 22, 2015 02:24 |  #1

Nothing gets my pulse racing more than spotting aurora on the horizon. I get all edgy, nervous , you never know how long it will last, where it will be, what it will look like in a few brief minutes.

I'd just concluded my astro workshop, Dark Skies of Wonder, with a great crew of people, at Tekapo's famous church when we spotted a bright arc in the sky.

Firing off a few frames we could tell it was Aurora, but un-typical for NZ it was a very defined green.

So we all headed off, and it seems all headed off to chase the light. I drove another half hour south to a point on the main route that I knew well and had always planned to shoot. An ideal opportunity!

Shooting at 4am I was a little tired and still had a fair drive home, so this was my last panoramic. Put together from 40 individual frames at 24mm, the Milky Way stretched directly overhead so it made shooting somewhat tricky.

The resultant image is vast with so much detail and clarity, by far the best astro image I have shot with the a7r.

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Mar 22, 2015 10:55 |  #2

Great shot!


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Mar 22, 2015 11:42 |  #3

WoW! One of the items in my bucket list is to see the auroras!




  
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Mar 22, 2015 16:14 |  #4

You hit the daily double ;)

How big is the total MP of the image? The biggest one I've made was 206 MP but it used fraction of the images you took.


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Mar 22, 2015 16:45 |  #5

dkizzle wrote in post #17486975 (external link)
You hit the daily double ;)

How big is the total MP of the image? The biggest one I've made was 206 MP but it used fraction of the images you took.

I think its about 400mp.. Have to check, about 31000 wide and near half that tall

I shot a lot of overlap with this though, using a mechanical pano head I am less precice (at 4am..) at counting clicks and rows etc..


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Mar 22, 2015 16:47 as a reply to  @ RobDickinson's post |  #6

http://web.forret.com/​tools/megapixel.asp (external link)

This is the tool I've used to calculate MP.

Go Kiwi :)

PS. I think I should've said the nightly double....


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