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10-21-2013, 07:01 AM   #526
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Radcliffe Quote
There's a bit more to it than that... you have to consider the stars.. one of the points of doing night work, for me. So treating the moon like the sun does not work for me, which is why I prefer to shoot when there is a New Moon or just a small sliver of a moon which does not overpower the stars.
I prefer that too, but when it's out and bright I figure I might as well make use of it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Radcliffe Quote
You're not alone.. a really bright moon can really ruin a night shot.. long exposures look like daylight shots. I was out last night as well and it was not a good time.. the moon was just too bright. I wondered what Caprock Canyon looked like under that full moon.

I would love to "play" with the shot you posted above.. with your permission, of course. Would you be willing to provide me an out of camera JPG or RAW file to tinker with?.. I'll send the results to you via email. If not, I understand.
Jim,
MattB hooked me up with dropbox (Thanks Matt) so check your inbox and see if I succeeded in sending you the raw files.
Let me know,
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
I prefer that too, but when it's out and bright I figure I might as well make use of it.
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couldn't Imagestacker to work on my jpegs. Not really sure what I am doing wrong but I know its user error. I tried to do my best with Starstax. I still got subpar results so I ended up trimming a huge part of the photo and kept the part that had the clearest trails. I am very confused as I am doing the exact same thing I did before with Starstax and my past attempts generated much better results than what I am getting now.
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Here's a short time lapse I shot yesterday morning of the stars rising above swirling fog

Tomorrow I should get the Ioptron Skytracker that I ordered. I'm looking forward to testing it out this weekend.

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Quick intro and pics

Hi all. Just started doing astrophotography this year with a Pentax K5. Thought I'd share some of what I've taken so far and I appreciate all feedback. I have a Celestron Nexstar 8se that I put on a homemade wedge and just started autoguiding last week.

I think the K5 is an awesome camera for astrophotography. I have been amazed at how much you can pull out of the pictures.

I have others too but am very excited to start autoguiding. I find that even at 600" exposures this camera doesn't show any noise.
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Wow great shots!!! The Celestron SkyProdigy130 I ordered was faulty (never could auto align with any stars even though it was an inky black sky full of stars), so I got my money back and have now purchased a HEQ6 Pro Mount, SkyWatcher Black Diamond ED100 scope and the Orion Autoguider with 50mm refractor guidescope. Cannot wait to get it all!
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QuoteOriginally posted by weathermon Quote
Wow great shots!!! The Celestron SkyProdigy130 I ordered was faulty (never could auto align with any stars even though it was an inky black sky full of stars), so I got my money back and have now purchased a HEQ6 Pro Mount, SkyWatcher Black Diamond ED100 scope and the Orion Autoguider with 50mm refractor guidescope. Cannot wait to get it all!
I would love to get a HEQ6 Pro mount. My shaky one armbanddit on a wedge has caused some headaches from time to time!
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Taken from the Ritz Carlton in Tucson. Conference schedule and gf prevented me from going further out there with the least light pollution. Not the result I was hoping for but its getting better.







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Still not sure what I'm doing. I seem to get a ton of bright stars but not the milky way. Maybe the first thing I need to do is figure out where it is.

Cross posted elsewhere - my friend and I went hunting except he wanted to shoot deer and I wanted to shoot stars.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sage97 Quote
Maybe the first thing I need to do is figure out where it is.
You found it. Nice stretch of Milky Way from Canis Major (bottom left) to Auriga, with Jupiter just above and left of center.
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A few shots from a rare clear night this past Sunday. First two are taken with the K-5 and O-GPS1. Third is a stack of 110 x 10 second frames at ISO6400 taken with the K-5IIs/DA*300 combo and stacked in DeepSkyStacker. Tracking courtesy of the AstroTrac TT320X-AG tracking mount. All pp in darktable.

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Anyone got any astro shots with the K3 yet?
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Just got my K-3 the other day. First clear night will be my first attempt with it for astrophotos.

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Awesome! Can't wait to see the results
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You found it. Nice stretch of Milky Way from Canis Major (bottom left) to Auriga, with Jupiter just above and left of center.
Cool. I just aimed at the starriest portion of the sky that night and hoped for the best. Thanks.
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