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Some widefields from Leyburn, QLD

 
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Nov 03, 2008 07:15 |  #1

Some widefields from a relative beginner

1) The first shot was of the Milkyway setting early in the night (taken with a Canon 400D and 10-22mm lens at f6.3 for around 5 mins - single exposure piggybacked on a standard EQ5 with drives). Ideally I would have moved the mount so the tree was more to the left but since it was aligned and tracking resonably well I wasn't game to move it

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2) The other shot is the LMC taken with an unmodded 400D using the 100mm f2.8 Canon macro lens @ f3.2, and is a single 7 min exposure. Again this was piggy backed on the EQ5.

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Nov 03, 2008 07:38 |  #2

Oh good god, those are lovely! I think the framing on the first one is perfect!

I've got a 450D and 10-22mm and an EQ-5 and can't get anywhere near that sort of clarity in the Milky Way. Damn my light-polluted skies!!


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Nov 03, 2008 09:27 |  #3

Simply gorgeous. Both of them. And you can always crop the first one if you don't like the positioning of the tree.


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Nov 03, 2008 09:56 |  #4

WoW!! Both great shots but #2 is exceptional. It's as good or better than many images I've seen with MUCH more exposure time and focal length. The color is amazing and the field nice an flat with no sign of sky glow/gradient anywhere. Only 7 minutes!, geesh what I wouldn't do to shoot this one for an hour or two at 400mm. Gorgeous work Andrew.

Oh, and even with the Moon up you managed a beautiful 5 minute exposure on #1. Your skies would make me build an observatory in a hurry.


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Nov 03, 2008 16:34 |  #5

I agree with all above !




  
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Nov 03, 2008 20:15 |  #6

As do I!

Excellent shots but the LMC is absolutely stunning.


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Nov 03, 2008 20:52 |  #7

I'm moving south! Both exceptional images with the LMC keeping my attention. Steve already said it but I have to give it another... WOW!


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Nov 04, 2008 19:41 as a reply to  @ R Hardman's post |  #8

I just love these shots, great work mate !!!


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Nov 04, 2008 21:46 |  #9

****ing awesome.

just a tip: the 10-22 can hold the frame at f/4. no need to stop down that much.

great work.

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Nov 04, 2008 22:25 |  #10

Awsome pics Andrew, if you don't mid my aksing where were they taken from.
Brissie and surrounding suburbs seem lit up for it.


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Nov 05, 2008 01:39 |  #11

timescapes.org wrote in post #6625692 (external link)
just a tip: the 10-22 can hold the frame at f/4. no need to stop down that much.

Cheers for the tip - will certainly open her up next time

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Awsome pics Andrew, if you don't mid my aksing where were they taken from.
Brissie and surrounding suburbs seem lit up for it.

Eddie, your right, the sky glow in Brisbane would seriously limit your exposure time before getting bright orange skies. These shots were taken just north of Leyburn (a small town southwest of Toowoomba, northwest of Warwick). It is exactly a 2hour drive from my place on the southside of Brisvegas. You could probably get some reasonable skies out in the Lockyer Valley, and I have observed around Glenore Grove before which is about 80-90% of the skies of Leyburn for only a 3/4 of an hour drive.


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