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06-05-2016, 10:26 AM - 1 Like   #1111
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
blend of 2 images
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You must have composited two images, as zzeitg suggested?



yes 1 for the sky another for the ground

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Wonderful Images! Perfect! Congratulations!!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
Single shots or blend of 2 images (foreground and stars)?
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Thanks Mike. But the Astrotracer introduces blur in the foreground, correct? You must have composited two images, as zzeitg suggested?
yes, the usual technique for astrotracer is to take one for the stars then switch off the astrotracer and take one for the foreground & blend.

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yes 1 for the sky another for the ground
yes, this.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
K3II & FA31


K3II & Sigma 8-16
For some reason I can't see the pics in the thread but the links are working. Amazing shots!! Thanks for sharing.

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That milky way image is excellent!

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here is another using the FA31 and astrotracer on the K-3II

Half Dome & Milky Way
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Amazing work, Mike! Truly one of the best Milky Way photos I have ever seen!
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a moon picture from last week. K-1 with 2x teleconverter + DA* 300 + pixelshift



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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
here is another using the FA31 and astrotracer on the K-3II
Amazing work! I really like this one. Is the FA31 the best pentax lens for astrophotography in your opinion?

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a moon picture from last week. K-1 with 2x teleconverter + DA* 300 + pixelshift
Very nice and sharp! And excellent brightness adjustments, the terminator is bright but the rest of the moon is not overexposed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
Amazing work, Mike! Truly one of the best Milky Way photos I have ever seen!
wow, what? Thanks!



QuoteOriginally posted by SunValley Quote
Amazing work! I really like this one. Is the FA31 the best pentax lens for astrophotography in your opinion?

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i tend to favor it for the low distortion and ease of stitching milky way panos and it is the fastest wide-ish lens in my bag. I do not have any Rokinon 12, 16, etc to use for astro, so the FA31 is my go-to.

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I did recently borrow forumite blackcloudbrew's Rokinon 8mm and got this one:

River Of Heaven (Explore #51)
Roki 8 & K-3II, no astrotracer due to extreme wide angle distortion

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i also rented the D FA150-450 for a few days and this moon shot convinced me that it is a viable tele option for moon work:

Moon Over The Delta
K-3II & D FA150-450
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I'm loving the moon photos. Now I just need to get my hands on a DFA 150-450...
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i tend to favor it for the low distortion and ease of stitching milky way panos
Thanks, looks like the 8 is a great lens for wide starscape, but being so small an aperture it smudges the MW details a bit much for my taste. That moon shot looks like it was taken with a telescope for sure. Great shot.
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I'm loving the moon photos. Now I just need to get my hands on a DFA 150-450...
ha, me too!


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QuoteOriginally posted by serothis Quote
I'm loving the moon photos. Now I just need to get my hands on a DFA 150-450...
QuoteOriginally posted by SunValley Quote
Thanks, looks like the 8 is a great lens for wide starscape, but being so small an aperture it smudges the MW details a bit much for my taste. That moon shot looks like it was taken with a telescope for sure. Great shot.
yes, on APS-C anything wider than 15mm gets smeary at the edges, worse on FF I expect. One reason I prefer the 31mm panos.

Glad you like the moon shot!
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