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Brrr. Astro

Now I remember why I don't have folders full of astro photos. It seems like a nice idea but you have to go somewhere far away and get very cold.

Oh, and you need very special gear.

So here is one with the Pen F, the 7-14 super wide at f4 in light polluted Newbury from our patio using a Manfrotto toy tripod.

So that would be professional standard then :-)




Here I discover that even at 7mm, 25 seconds is too long without a tracking mount. I did make my own but it's such a faff to set it up - I didn't bother.

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Re: Brrr. Astro

That's a pretty good result, well worth braving the cold.
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Re: Brrr. Astro

Nice. Procyon, Sirius, Gemini, Orion, Taurus, Cassiopeia and the Pleiades are clearly identifiable - and probably more.

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Re: Brrr. Astro

Its an excellent result. Seems you haven't caught the bug "yet"
It gets better on warmer nights honest. Sub zero photography is not fun.
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Nice. Procyon, Sirius, Gemini, Orion, Taurus, Cassiopeia and the Pleiades are clearly identifiable - and probably more.

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I'm quite surprised I got the Pleiades in the shot. That lens covers horizon to zenith at 7mm it seems. The f4 part isn't so good for astro though.
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Re: Brrr. Astro

I can't seem to pick out Cassiopeia now - maybe i was mistaken!

There are also a couple of bright object that I can't identify - maybe they're planets. I'd use the excellent 'Celestia' to check, but it looks like I haven't go it installed now.

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I can't seem to pick out Cassiopeia now - maybe i was mistaken!

There are also a couple of bright object that I can't identify - maybe they're planets. I'd use the excellent 'Celestia' to check, but it looks like I haven't go it installed now.

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I'm pretty certain Cassiopeia is off the top of the image - overhead and behind the camera.

I will probably have another go at astro this winter: Perhaps with the 45mm on my tracker mount.
Equally I just bought a Nikon 0.8x wide angle adapter off eBay. I plan balancing it on my 12mm lens, which might make a 9mm f2
The adapter was stupidly cheap, so when it doesn't work, I won't mind.

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Re: Brrr. Astro

I though about some astro with the recent clear skies. However I'm not keen on the amount of travelling to jet away from serious light pollution and if I just accept it and shoot from the garden then there is a bloody great tree in the way.
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