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« on: February 15, 2010, 10:02:00 pm »

Here's a few wide shots I took at the weekend - lots of thin high cloud about but that's February for you!

Wide shot centred on the Rosette which can be seen around the cluster NGC2244. Bright star to right is Betelgeuse.



M44 and Mars



Asteroid 4 Vesta in Leo



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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 06:27:20 am »

Very nice images Paul, great composition in the first one. What lens were you using for these? Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010, 08:40:02 am »

Lovely results Paul
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010, 03:07:11 pm »

Excellent images Paul, well done on those including catching Vesta. Love no 2 with Mars, M44 and M67 - beautiful image.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010, 03:30:44 pm »

Very nice shots Paul.  Love the atmosphere of the first one.  Well done!
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, 07:08:07 pm »

Beautiful images Paul, nice to see the sky (as I have already forgot what it looks like) Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010, 07:17:08 pm »

Thanks guys. Richard, lens is the trusty 50mm f1.7, 10x 8sec exposures at f2.5 ISO1600 stacked in DSS in all cases.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010, 11:08:34 pm »

Excellent shots Paul - your skies are much better than mine!
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2010, 05:47:17 pm »

Thanks guys. Richard, lens is the trusty 50mm f1.7, 10x 8sec exposures at f2.5 ISO1600 stacked in DSS in all cases.

great stuff paul. i want to try something like this with the milkyway poking its nose through my pictures. any advise will be welcomed. brilliant  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2010, 05:59:42 pm »

any advise will be welcomed. brilliant  Smiley

Make sure you either have a remote control for your camera, use the timer or use a cloth to cover the lens to avoid image shake...
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2010, 06:48:47 pm »

hi mark.

i have remote control and tripod. paul has great detail in his photos...for my orion shot i used ISO400 i did use higher like 800/1600 but omg the noise was terrible. i do have DSS but never used it. once i have a starting point the rest is trial and error. ive seen alot of milkyway photos just using tripod and dslr...and its amazing how they do it. cant wait for the next clear night to try. i will just concentrate on that subject because its something i wanted to do for along time. i do have a telescope but no tracking so that one is a no go Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2010, 08:39:50 pm »

hi mark.

i have remote control and tripod. paul has great detail in his photos...for my orion shot i used ISO400 i did use higher like 800/1600 but omg the noise was terrible. i do have DSS but never used it. once i have a starting point the rest is trial and error. ive seen alot of milkyway photos just using tripod and dslr...and its amazing how they do it. cant wait for the next clear night to try. i will just concentrate on that subject because its something i wanted to do for along time. i do have a telescope but no tracking so that one is a no go Smiley

Definitely use DSS.  You will be able to shoot on the higher ISO settings, but by taking multiple exposures and combining in DSS will miraculously remove a great chunk of noise from the final image.  From where you are in Wales you will have good skies for shooting the milky way and many other deep sky and solar system objects.
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