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Mar 24, 2015 08:46 |  #2161

Celestron wrote in post #17489650 (external link)
Looks like a composite . I've taken images of the MW with 50mm and it did not bring the MW in that close to the horizon . But it's a great job editing .

one frame. If you look closely you can see the dunes he is standing on are just out of focus because I didn't want to bother with focus stacking or blending


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Mar 24, 2015 09:20 |  #2162

Celestron wrote in post #17489650 (external link)
Looks like a composite . I've taken images of the MW with 50mm and it did not bring the MW in that close to the horizon . But it's a great job editing .

I dont think so. Could well be a composite but when i see the milkyway where i live its always near to the horizon. It always depends on where you are


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Mar 24, 2015 12:18 |  #2163

As a newb to star / astro photography i have to ask. How do you guys know where what galaxies are and what times from your location? My only knowledge is Google skymap. Any other good apps? Sites? Or anything?


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Mar 24, 2015 12:32 |  #2164

Jimmyz0rz wrote in post #17489991 (external link)
As a newb to star / astro photography i have to ask. How do you guys know where what galaxies are and what times from your location? My only knowledge is Google skymap. Any other good apps? Sites? Or anything?

I use PhotoPills for iOS. Great thing and a lot of usefull features like hyperfocal distance calculator etc etc..


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Mar 24, 2015 12:33 |  #2165

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As a newb to star / astro photography i have to ask. How do you guys know where what galaxies are and what times from your location? My only knowledge is Google skymap. Any other good apps? Sites? Or anything?

Google skymap is a good place to start. www.heavens-above.com (external link) and www.spaceweather.com (external link) are also good sources.


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Mar 24, 2015 13:28 |  #2166

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As a newb to star / astro photography i have to ask. How do you guys know where what galaxies are and what times from your location? My only knowledge is Google skymap. Any other good apps? Sites? Or anything?

I use the app GoSkyWatchPlanetarium (external link) on my iPad.


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Mar 24, 2015 16:44 |  #2167

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one frame. If you look closely you can see the dunes he is standing on are just out of focus because I didn't want to bother with focus stacking or blending

Reason it looks like a composite is cause the FG and BG both are in perfect focus with each other and that can't be . I know you said the grass is slightly out of focuse but if it was the silouhette of the gentleman standing should be also and he's not . Has a perfect focus edge . Also you have stars showing below the horizon grass edges and to the right of the gentleman there are lines indicating perhaps water ripples or higher ground edges but there are stars below that point . Unless it's lake water or stream to reflect which in that case could explain the lines that look like edges of a lake opposite side the man is standing . I know this picture looks perfect and like a single frame but something about it does not look right . The first time i saw the image the size of the MW blew me away with the size of the slihouette of the man . M8 looks like he could reach up and pluck it out of the sky . I've never seen that type of results with a 50mm lens of anykind . Can you post the EXIF data ? Not trying to cause a problem . Just trying to find a way to convience myself this is not a compositer image .




  
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Mar 24, 2015 18:35 |  #2168

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Don't know what to tell ya man. That's the raw file, I thought I shot at iso10k and 10 seconds, but actually its iso8000 and 8 seconds. The foreground is not in focus, it's close but not totally sharp. The lines you're seeing to the right of him are either thin clouds or some gravity waves in the insane airglow we had that night. I stack images probably 99% of the time while shooting at night (focus stacked and/or exposure blends), so I have no problem admitting when I do stack photos. I guess the fact that you are in such disbelief that this photo is possible shows how amazing I am :-D

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Mar 24, 2015 19:42 as a reply to  @ jsecordphoto's post |  #2169

Very cool pic. I enjoy using longer focal lengths as well. These cameras are nuts that you can get away with such high iso / low exposure times (6-8 secs) and still walk away with such a clean image as shown above.


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Mar 24, 2015 20:24 |  #2170

I think I prefer the straight raw file on that one, nice! :)


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Mar 24, 2015 20:53 |  #2171

My very first Milky Way - I'm hooked!

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Mar 24, 2015 21:32 |  #2172

milky way over some trees from last year

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Mar 25, 2015 03:14 |  #2173

jsecordphoto wrote in post #17490477 (external link)
Don't know what to tell ya man. That's the raw file, I thought I shot at iso10k and 10 seconds, but actually its iso8000 and 8 seconds. The foreground is not in focus, it's close but not totally sharp. The lines you're seeing to the right of him are either thin clouds or some gravity waves in the insane airglow we had that night. I stack images probably 99% of the time while shooting at night (focus stacked and/or exposure blends), so I have no problem admitting when I do stack photos. I guess the fact that you are in such disbelief that this photo is possible shows how amazing I am :-D

Don't worry, I believed you first time round... and as raw files go, that's a good one right there.


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Mar 25, 2015 07:37 as a reply to  @ Jimmyz0rz's post |  #2174

I use Starwalk 2 on my iPad. Gives all the info and let's you see into the future as well.


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Mar 25, 2015 09:53 |  #2175

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Pretty proud of this one. Too bad that we don't have much of the milky way to see up here this time of year.

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