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dgrosvold
 Friday, September 21 2012 @ 04:32 pm EDT (Read 3431 times)  
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Hi all -

Here is my first attempt at a wide-field milky way photo. Hope you like it!


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Devon Oxford
 Friday, September 21 2012 @ 06:23 pm EDT  
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VERY nice, Dave!
What camera, exposure time, etc. did you use?

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 Friday, September 21 2012 @ 10:48 pm EDT  
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Quote by: Devon+Oxford

What camera, exposure time, etc. did you use?



Thanks Devon!

I used a Pentax K-5 DSLR mounted on a Bogen tripod, with a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX zoom lens.
Exposure was a single shot for 30s at f/4, 10mm focal length, ISO 1600 in DNG RAW format.
Image was processed in Adobe Lightroom v4.1, with a final conversion to JPG in Photoshop CS6.

I know I have a lot to learn regarding processing, but I was glad to get this far on my first try.


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Chuck Larson
 Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 09:09 pm EDT  
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Dave,
Nice shot of the milky way. I hope to get into the photo shots of the sky sometime in the future. Just a bit hard to do on a limited retirement income. Looking forward to another great day at the Nature Center on Astronomy Day. It has always been a fun day in the past. Hope we have some good weather that day.
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Pablo Rosell
 Sunday, September 30 2012 @ 02:29 pm EDT  
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Great shot Dave!
It has a lot of depth. Imagine how deeper could you get with say 5 min exposures and noise reduction by stacking 10 or more frames!!



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dgrosvold
 Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 11:00 am EDT  
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Great shot Dave!
It has a lot of depth. Imagine how deeper could you get with say 5 min exposures and noise reduction by stacking 10 or more frames!!




Hi Pablo -

I agree it would be a lot better. I'm just learning this stuff, and this was a way to get my feet wet, so to speak. I am planning to try some more after this holiday week. Been kinda busy since the first of the month.


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Devon Oxford
 Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 01:00 pm EDT  
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It is still a beautiful, natural shot.
The main thing is that you capture shots that YOU like, and you ENJOY doing.
There is no end to experience, time, equipment and software... no matter how great a shot we get, there is no end to pictures that someone else has made to blow our's away. Lots of astro-photographers spent MANY thousands of dollars on equipment and software, and spend months tweaking a single photo into a work of art... and that's good, because that's what makes them happy, and I enjoy seeing what they are able to do.
Besides your picture being pleasing to look at, it is one of a kind... there will never be another shot just like it.

Thanks again for posting it for us.

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 Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 01:41 am EDT  
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Nice shot Dave. I was wondering if the milky way was visible to the naked eye where this shot was taken?

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 Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 02:12 pm EDT  
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Thanks again, Devon. I appreciate the comments.

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Nice shot Dave. I was wondering if the milky way was visible to the naked eye where this shot was taken?

James C
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Yes, it was, but not to the extent that you see in the image. Some of that was brought out by the camera, and a tiny bit by the post-processing.

My ranch is just barely in the Bortle Class 3 Zone (blue) in NW Arkansas. See the article I wrote on this topic, How Dark Is It Really? for more information.


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