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01-22-2017, 09:16 AM   #1186
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Wow! that explains the stability of the photos.You still need serious skill to get the detail your photos show. Thanks for the reply.

01-22-2017, 12:35 PM   #1187
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wildman, excellent shots, as always! I have two questions.

1) Do you use a remote or do you press the shutter button?

2) Do you lock down the gimbal head so the telescope cannot move before taking pictures?
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Do you use a remote or do you press the shutter button?
Shutter button only. However I do keep my eye on the VF and shoot a short burst of 3 or 4 frames and that's effective at avoiding shake.

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Do you lock down the gimbal head so the telescope cannot move before taking pictures?
The mount allows me to perfectly balance the scope plus it has an adjustable clutch on both axis. This allows me to swing the scope around at will but the instant I let go of the scope it freezes in place - a big advantage compared to trying to hand hold heavy glass steadily.

The Q isn't too bad at high ISO with a little creative PP - ISO 3200

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01-22-2017, 08:19 PM   #1189
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Shutter button only. However I do keep my eye on the VF and shoot a short burst of 3 or 4 frames and that's effective at avoiding shake.

The mount allows me to perfectly balance the scope plus it has an adjustable clutch on both axis. This allows me to swing the scope around at will but the instant I let go of the scope it freezes in place - a big advantage compared to trying to hand hold heavy glass steadily.
Thanks wildman, by VF I guess you're referring to hoodman type loupe as far as Q is concerned.
Anyway, even with perfectly balanced mount with nice drag, and even with burst shooting, achieving what you do pressing shutter button sounds like mad skills to me!

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Anyway, even with perfectly balanced mount with nice drag, and even with burst shooting, achieving what you do pressing shutter button sounds like mad skills to me!
You may be leaving out a big part of the skill set especially when using a small sensor camera like the Q and that's post processing.

I shot only RAW and a big day for me would be maybe 50 frames of which 10 are keepers and of those 10 I may spend up to an hour or so getting each one right in Photoshop.
So far as I'm concerned it isn't a final image until Photoshop says it is.

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Pentax Q Pentax DA*300 with Pentax Q>PKA adapter and Pentax reddot scope. 1/80 at 5.6 ISO250.
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QuoteOriginally posted by barondla Quote
Pentax Q Pentax DA*300 with Pentax Q>PKA adapter and Pentax reddot scope. 1/80 at 5.6 ISO250.
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Very nice and sharp!
I'm surprised the bird didn't twitch and ruin it at 1/80, but be thankful for small favors.
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Thanks reh321. 1/80 is fairly fast for my shooting. I shoot at lowest ISO and have the DA*300 stopped down to f5.6. This often means shooting at 1/40. This produces a lot of blurred shots due to bird "twitch". I trash those shots. If it is a common bird this works fine. Rarer, more elusive birds get f4 and/or higher ISO.
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First post with the Q7.
Pentax DA*300 at 5.5 (1 on Pentax Q-PK adapter). Still trying to transfer all of my Q settings to the Q7.
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QuoteOriginally posted by barondla Quote
First post with the Q7.
Pentax DA*300 at 5.5 (1 on Pentax Q-PK adapter). Still trying to transfer all of my Q settings to the Q7.
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This is great, barondla! Congrats for your new Q7!
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First post with the Q7.
Pentax DA*300 at 5.5 (1 on Pentax Q-PK adapter). Still trying to transfer all of my Q settings to the Q7.
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Outstanding image. There's more to a Q than most people think.

Q Can Do.

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Qute!

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It only took me 50 months to get around to editing this. DA* 60-250 on a 1st-generation Q. I no longer have the lens, but must say it is an excellent performer even on the demanding Q sensor.

I don't know how to embed a Flickr video here, so you'll have to follow the link to see the video.

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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
It only took me 50 months to get around to editing this. DA* 60-250 on a 1st-generation Q. I no longer have the lens, but must say it is an excellent performer even on the demanding Q sensor.

I don't know how to embed a Flickr video here, so you'll have to follow the link to see the video.
Great video! But how could you give up the wonderful 60-250 which clearly goes so well with the Q (not to mention the K-5, K-3 and K-1)? Anyway, thanks for reminding us what a flexible camera we have in the little Q.
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But how could you give up the wonderful 60-250 which clearly goes so well with the Q (not to mention the K-5, K-3 and K-1)?
It does indeed; I also really enjoyed using on the K-5 when I had it. But I decided to sell it once I bought the DA* 300, feeling I couldn't justify keeping both. Given how much gear I've acquired since, I wonder at my prudence then.
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