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Central Oregon Night Shots
Lens: Pentax D FA 24-70 mm Camera: Pentax K-1 Photo Location: Near Bend ISO: 3200 Shutter Speed: Above 6s Aperture: F2.8 
Posted By: GeoJerry, 12-03-2017, 06:04 PM

My first try at the Milky Way and night shots with the new camera. The K-1 did pretty well with 20 sec +/- long exposures. A moth flew into the second frame just as the shutter opened, which was pretty lucky!

I only tried the astrotracer on a few shots and found that although it worked pretty well, the stars tended to have a more rounded shapes as if slightly blurry, and of course the foreground moved so if you want a foreground you'll need to layer it in with another shot. I'd be curious to hear from anyone out there who's tried the astrotracer.

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12-03-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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A very wonderfully done series. Thanks for sharing.


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Good shots. I have used the Astro a few times, some with excellent results, some not so. I think it is where pointed gets better sharper results, but need more time to fully understand where.
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Good series, your note on the foreground is very interesting, I like the torch in the last one, I would never have thought of that.

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Very cool series, Jerry. The last one makes me think of the movie, "ET".

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Amazing! I've yet to try astrophotography. You've inspired me.
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Nice shots! I like how the clouds spiked the big dipper stars in that first shot. I've had success with the astrotracer and K-30, K-50 and K-5. These are the usual max tracking time with acceptable results (slightly elongated stars) 3 min with 16 mm lens, 2 min with 28, 90 s with 50, 60 s with 105, and 40 s with 200.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonytee Quote
A very wonderfully done series. Thanks for sharing.


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Thanks very much, Tonytee!

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QuoteOriginally posted by AussieTrev Quote
Good shots. I have used the Astro a few times, some with excellent results, some not so. I think it is where pointed gets better sharper results, but need more time to fully understand where.
Thanks AussieTrev, I'd like to see your shots when you have a chance!

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Thanks PenPusher! I can't take credit for the flashlight idea though, I'd seen others try it and wanted to give it a go myself.

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Very cool series, Jerry. The last one makes me think of the movie, "ET".

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Thanks for your feedback, Jer!

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Amazing! I've yet to try astrophotography. You've inspired me.
Thanks Dewman... I hope to see your results!

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QuoteOriginally posted by SunValley Quote
Nice shots! I like how the clouds spiked the big dipper stars in that first shot. I've had success with the astrotracer and K-30, K-50 and K-5. These are the usual max tracking time with acceptable results (slightly elongated stars) 3 min with 16 mm lens, 2 min with 28, 90 s with 50, 60 s with 105, and 40 s with 200.
Thanks a lot for the comments and info, SunValley!

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Vow, great series GeoJerry!
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Vow, great series GeoJerry!
Thanks very much Janse! Nice to hear from you
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