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Anybody using K-series for asrtophotography?
Lens: DA18-55mm Camera: k-50 Photo Location: Virginia mountains ISO: 6400 Shutter Speed: Above 6s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: blues_hawk, 08-08-2018, 05:07 AM

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Last fall I was setting up and getting polar aligned the night before the August 2017 eclipse to get what pictures I could of the solar eclipse after canceling a long drive into the shadow on a Monday, and all that that might entail when the normally soupy summer sky decided to reward me with a moment of complete clarity showing me a naked eye view of the milkyway roaring overhead. I grabbed my k-50 and quickly attached it to the tracking mount and just blindly aimed it up to get this. It only lasted long enough to get a few frames but was a highlight of the event for me. The eclipse was mostly clouded out but I did get some good solar filtered footage of the last stages and I got one or two by gambling a bit with a handheld k-50 using the viewscreen for protection as the almost completely obscured nearly eclipsed sun occasionally dimly peeked out of the clouds from a passing thunderstorm.



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I like 'em both; but the moon shot is particularly great.
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I like 'em both; but the moon shot is particularly great.
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Nice ones!
Thanks for your comments!
The one that looks like the moon is actually the SUN! It was near solar minimum during last year's eclipse and I had had clouds for 20 or 30 minutes and was checking every once in a while to see if it was clearing. I saw this very dim sliver through the clouds and took a chance with my k-50 and snapped a shot of it. I used the electronic viewfinder just in case it popped out brighter, and can't recommend the practice of aiming things at the sun unfiltered. I also had a tracking mount with filtered cameras but this one was the most exciting.

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I like 'em both; but the moon shot is particularly great.
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Nice ones!
Thanks for your comments!
The one that looks like the moon is actually the SUN! It was near solar minimum during last year's eclipse and I had had clouds for 20 or 30 minutes and was checking every once in a while to see if it was clearing. I saw this very dim sliver through the clouds and took a chance with my k-50 and snapped a shot of it. I used the electronic viewfinder just in case it popped out brighter, and can't recommend the practice of aiming things at the sun unfiltered. I also had a tracking mount with filtered cameras but this one was the most exciting.

More 2017 eclipse at my google photos

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I do use Pentax for astrophotography. Used to use the K5 IIs, now I use the K3 and K1.
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