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First attempt at Astrophotography, would love some feedback

 
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Jan 23, 2018 10:51 |  #1

So went out to Red Rock last night, it was freezing. Its not too far from Vegas unfortunately and you can see that on the left and right of the panoramic. I had the Zeiss wide open and the shutter at 15 seconds, at 20 the stars were moving it seemed on the pic. But because of the light pollution I am thinking that ill never get great star pics. I checked the Star Walk 2 app whilst I was out there and the Milky Way was to the left of the image but maybe thats a bit too ambitious attempting to get that on my first try.
Would it be possible to ever get that in that location with all the lights coming from the city? or does it have to be far away from any lights?

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Was trying to upload a clickable higher res but havent done that since the forum changed ha

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Jan 23, 2018 11:04 |  #2

Nice pic! But not really sure what you are trying to predict  :p (sorry, could not resist it!)


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Jan 23, 2018 11:06 |  #3

I'm seeing the need for a good dictionary in your future .... ;-)a

Very nice photo, thanks for sharing


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Jan 23, 2018 11:08 |  #4

Looks great.

By the way, astrology and astronomy & astrophotography are very, very different things. You were not doing astrology! ;)

You have the Eastern sky to my eyes, as I can plainly see Sirius, Orion Complex & Pleiades immediately. This time of year, depending on where you are on the globe, you won't see the core of the milky way just yet. More likely closer to summer and you'll see the core of the milky way rising over those ridges, or some where in that part of the year. But you won't see it rising in the East, you'll see it rising more in the South. So you'd have to find a different position relative to that.

To get it precise, I suggest you get Stellarium (app or software), it's free, and go to the location you want to shoot, and then play with the calendar to see when and where the core of the galaxy will be rising in the direction you want. You can then plan ahead.

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Jan 23, 2018 11:09 |  #5

RhodyPhotos wrote in post #18547234 (external link)
Nice pic! But not really sure what you are trying to predict  :p (sorry, could not resist it!)


TustinMike wrote in post #18547236 (external link)
I'm seeing the need for a good dictionary in your future .... ;-)a

Very nice photo, thanks for sharing

I shall re-write this after my coffee and with my glasses on!


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Jan 23, 2018 11:13 |  #6

MalVeauX wrote in post #18547238 (external link)
Looks great.

By the way, astrology and astronomy & astrophotography are very, very different things. You were not doing astrology! ;)

You have the Eastern sky to my eyes, as I can plainly see Sirius, Orion Complex & Pleiades immediately. This time of year, depending on where you are on the globe, you won't see the core of the milky way just yet. More likely closer to summer and you'll see the core of the milky way rising over those ridges, or some where in that part of the year.

To get it precise, I suggest you get Stellarium (app or software), it's free, and go to the location you want to shoot, and then play with the calendar to see when and where the core of the galaxy will be rising in the direction you want. You can then plan ahead.

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Ha well that explains that then.

Thank you for the detailed response though, I will definitely be going back out once it gets warmer to re-shoot this. This is actually west facing, east faces the city. As for settings, if i were to use the same settings during a time when the milky way will be more visible. It would show more on the image?


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Jan 23, 2018 11:23 |  #7

amairphoto wrote in post #18547244 (external link)
Ha well that explains that then.

Thank you for the detailed response though, I will definitely be going back out once it gets warmer to re-shoot this. This is actually west facing, east faces the city. As for settings, if i were to use the same settings during a time when the milky way will be more visible. It would show more on the image?

Doh! I guess the wide angle threw me off.

The milky way would show up fine, it simply wasn't even present in your sky in this FOV with its core (which is what everyone see's when they think Milky Way). Notice you can see the nebulosity around Orion's great nebula? You would have picked up a lot of the gore of the galaxy no problem with these exposure settings. The arms of the milky way are showing up a little, but they're not the core, so they're feint. It's the core that is what you see in images that are "milky way." And that only happens in our location(s) one time a year here in the Northern Hemisphere. So watch for deep July for a horizontal presenting core of our galaxy.

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Jan 23, 2018 11:25 |  #8

MalVeauX wrote in post #18547256 (external link)
Doh! I guess the ultrawide angle threw me off.

The milky way would show up fine, it simply wasn't even present in your sky in this FOV. Notice you can see the nebulosity around Orion's great nebula? You would have picked up a lot of the gore of the galaxy no problem with these exposure settings.

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Thank you, ill keep trying then! appreciate the response.


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Jan 23, 2018 13:34 |  #9

Re-edited the image, separating the foreground and sky.


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