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Thanks I tried ISO 3200 but the 6400 version worked better in Lightroom. I have the 12mm f/2.0 so that would probably better to use than the 12-40.

Just need to find the time and the right day and conditions!

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I would be interested in how well the 12mm f2.0 performs. I have the Pana 25mm 1.4 and the coma makes it unusable below f 2.8. I have found the 12-40mm an excellent lens for wide astrophotography. I have not had much luck with Lightroom developing astro images as you need more extreme stretching level control.

My process now consists of Sequator to stack and do light pollution reduction and blend similar exposures in Affinity have stacked the foreground and sky differently.

This was from last night 30 x 20 sec 9mm (FT 9-18MM) f 4 exposure 20 secs ISO400.

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Re: Milky Way

This latest one came out very well John.
Sequator seems to work very well indeed.
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Thanks Dave shows the effects of light pollution well and oh do I want to go to a dark sky site 50 miles from any big town. Yes Sequator is just what I wanted may even try it for the deep sky stuff.
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Re: Milky Way

I’m in the middle of nowhere at the minute, but thick cloud tonight!
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Iím in the middle of nowhere at the minute, but thick cloud tonight!
It's a bugger, isn't it?!

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PS Doesn't look like Mars will be visible tonight either!
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Re: Milky Way

If you are still around Stanhope Clear Outside reports clear skies between 10pm and 1am. tonight but it is a forecast however. Sometimes it pays to set up and wait if you are in a dark sky place you will only need about 10 mins of clear sky to get an image. Good luck.
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Re: Milky Way

I did a sunset at Sycamore gap, but didnt stay any longer as I felt there was a bit too much cloud.
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Re: Milky Way

Shame about the clouds nothing you can do except try another day.

I am sure their will be plenty of opportunity for you to get the milky way image near where you live. Have a look out for some remote locations with something interesting in the foreground. Have a look during the day and use Stellarium to see its position times for best milkyway light.

Last night I drove 20 miles from home to a spot I have had visualized for several years. The gods were on my side, it was a clear night, Astro darkness was just after 11pm, the moon did not rise until gone midnight, it was a Sunday which meant the street lights in Essex are turned of at midnight, and SWSBO reluctantly let me go on my own.
This was one taken with OMD MKII Samyang fisheye lens 7.5 f 3.5 at 20 sec ISO 400 processed in Sequator and Affinity. A couple of others are in my gallery.
So plan and persevere and thanks for starting this thread. At the beginning I did not think I could get this.

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Shame about the clouds nothing you can do except try another day.

I am sure their will be plenty of opportunity for you to get the milky way image near where you live. Have a look out for some remote locations with something interesting in the foreground. Have a look during the day and use Stellarium to see its position times for best milkyway light.

Last night I drove 20 miles from home to a spot I have had visualized for several years. The gods were on my side, it was a clear night, Astro darkness was just after 11pm, the moon did not rise until gone midnight, it was a Sunday which meant the street lights in Essex are turned of at midnight, and SWSBO reluctantly let me go on my own.
This was one taken with OMD MKII Samyang fisheye lens 7.5 f 3.5 at 20 sec ISO 400 processed in Sequator and Affinity. A couple of others are in my gallery.
So plan and persevere and thanks for starting this thread. At the beginning I did not think I could get this.
Superb, you have shown whats possible with a bit of effort and determination.
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Re: Milky Way

I was in Falmouth visiting friends at the beginning of the week and managed this:



I haven't really been concentrating on composition, more experimenting with exposure, but I do feel I am improving and the relatively clean skies down in Cornwall certainly help!

This was taken with the ZD 8mm f/3.5 fisheye and de-fished in Lightroom. The top-left glow is where I clipped a bit of cloud passing by. This is a single exposure at ISO 1600 for 60 seconds.

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Re: Milky Way

Was with another group in Bentong and I did my 2nd Milkyway shoot. I noticed that the unstacked pictures lack details. Even a 2 photo stack looks better than no stacking.
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Re: Milky Way

Definitely going to try stacking at some point!

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There were a couple of shooting stars while I was out photographing the Milky Way, but non of them showed up on the images - rather disappointing!

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Re: Milky Way

Anyone tried DeepSkyStacker?

Don't seem very friendly but there is a community singling praises for it. I personally can't get it to work.
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Anyone tried DeepSkyStacker?

Don't seem very friendly but there is a community singling praises for it. I personally can't get it to work.
I use it all the time its a great program.
What kind of shots are you trying to stack ?
Are you getting any error messages ?
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