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Oct 20, 2016 01:30 |  #3496

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Oct 20, 2016 10:42 |  #3497

I haven't shot the Milky Way in almost 2 months thanks to traveling, my work schedule, and my mother's health problems. So I decided to get out last night (and hopefully the next few nights if the weather cooperates), I drove about 45 miles east of Salt Lake and shot at the foothills of the Stansbury Mountains. The core is nicely aligned with Deseret Peak this time of year and I've never shot out there so I figured I'd give it a try. Still quite a bit of light pollution from the Salt Lake Metro area, but I was able to get some decent detail out of the core region. I've also never seen airglow like this before, I usually get green bands with some faint red bands, this is more of a rainbow with green, red, purple, and orange, quite amazing.

This is two shots, one for the sky and one for the foreground, shot with my Nikon D600 and Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer mount. The sky shot is a 2.5 minute exposure at ISO 800 and f4, the foreground is a 3 minute exposure at ISO 800 and f4, merged and edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Oct 20, 2016 11:19 |  #3498

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I haven't shot the Milky Way in almost 2 months thanks to traveling, my work schedule, and my mother's health problems. So I decided to get out last night (and hopefully the next few nights if the weather cooperates), I drove about 45 miles east of Salt Lake and shot at the foothills of the Stansbury Mountains. The core is nicely aligned with Deseret Peak this time of year and I've never shot out there so I figured I'd give it a try. Still quite a bit of light pollution from the Salt Lake Metro area, but I was able to get some decent detail out of the core region. I've also never seen airglow like this before, I usually get green bands with some faint red bands, this is more of a rainbow with green, red, purple, and orange, quite amazing.

This is two shots, one for the sky and one for the foreground, shot with my Nikon D600 and Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer mount. The sky shot is a 2.5 minute exposure at ISO 800 and f4, the foreground is a 3 minute exposure at ISO 800 and f4, merged and edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.

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This is wonderful. I guess I'm going to have to invest in a Sky Watcher at some point.

Just curious - what made you stop down to f4? I thought that lens was sharp wide open.


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Oct 20, 2016 11:57 |  #3499

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #18162089 (external link)
This is wonderful. I guess I'm going to have to invest in a Sky Watcher at some point.

Just curious - what made you stop down to f4? I thought that lens was sharp wide open.

Thanks, I actually took test shots at f1.4, f2.8, f3.3, and f4, this was the first time I've used this lens for Milky Way shots so I wanted to get an idea of what the sharpness was at a few different apertures. According the lenstip.com the maximum sharpness is achieved at f4 and since I have the tracking mount the exposure length isn't a concern for me, I haven't processed the shots at the other apertures yet, but I'll probably do that tonight and then compare them to see what the best one to shoot at is. I decided to use the shot at f4 for this image because the airglow banding appeared the strongest at the time.


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Oct 20, 2016 16:58 |  #3500


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Oct 20, 2016 19:41 |  #3501

The brush highlighting of the Milky Way is distracting, I'd avoid doing that, use curves and masks to generate contrast in the highlights and pull out the Milky Way versus the background:

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Oct 21, 2016 01:21 as a reply to  @ pdxbenedetti's post |  #3502

Thanks, will look into that. Just looked a bit flat before.


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Oct 22, 2016 20:47 |  #3503

Trying to get as many shots of the core before it sets for the year, so I went back out to Lone Rock in Skull Valley, Utah last night. There was an extreme amount of haze in the sky (either from a wildfire or possibly from one of the chemical plants north of the valley) so I was not hopeful in terms of capturing a lot of detail in the sky. Again there was some very interesting airglow throughout the sky, looks like waves in a sea of stars. I tried sitting still at the edge of the cliff I was on, about 50 feet up, but my patience ran out and I ended up get standing up and walking back to the camera before the exposure ended which caused the star trail and blurriness.

This is a 6 shot panorama, 3 for the sky and 3 for the foreground, all shot with my Nikon D600 and Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer mount. The sky shots are 1.5 minute exposures at f2.8 and ISO 800, the foreground shots are 2.5 minute exposures at f2.8 and ISO 800. Again, this was very tough to color balance properly thanks to the crazy airglow and the element of the haze on the horizon made merging the foreground and sky shots VERY difficult.

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Oct 23, 2016 08:45 |  #3504

Lovely images mate. I have a lot to learn. Last night was my first experience at a recognised dark sky reserve. I'll take any and all advice. Focusing was quite tricky and I clearly missed it in the first image. There was definitely still some pollution around. It's about a 45 minute drive to get to so it's not somewhere I can go every night to practice :(


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Oct 24, 2016 00:34 |  #3505

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Shot on my driveway at home in the middle of suburbia about 25kms from Auckland's CBD using my Canon 50mm f1.8

Plenty of street lights around me, so happy with the result.

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This shot shows how lucky we are down here in NZ. The above shot was on my driveway. This is a shot I took today with my drone showing my house (bottom left) and the skyline of Auckland CBD in the distance.

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Oct 25, 2016 09:22 |  #3506

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Oct 27, 2016 16:57 |  #3508

A couple of nights ago I was lucky enough to finally see the Milkyway parallel to the horizon, witness bioluminescent plankton for the first time AND I finally managed to capture some purple in the Aurora Australis!

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Oct 27, 2016 19:42 |  #3509

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Nov 01, 2016 05:51 |  #3510

Been a while since I've posted, here's some new shots :)

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