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Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Night M45 The Subaru
Posted By aitrus3
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Thanks TT!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2022, 09:36 AM  
Night M45 The Subaru
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
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Thanks! I always aim to have good backgrounds, details not pushed too far for the data, and sharp stars with accurate colour :)



Thanks Mike! It may be my favourite shot of 2022.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-28-2022, 07:33 PM  
Night M45 The Subaru
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Here is my latest. First attempt at a mosaic. M45 the Pleiades/7 Sisters/Subaru star cluster.

M45Mosaic by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2022, 06:23 PM  
Landscape Moses Falls
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Thanks Todd :) I've really been working on my compositions, trying to include things that lead you into the frame whether it be the rocks, the water (or both preferably), a tree, some flowers or fall leaves... Been hanging out with a friend of mine a bit more too, he's a genius when it comes to compositions, so been learning a bit from just watching him. Extreme wide lenses in this scenario really lend well to a waterfall. I find anything longer than 21mm on a crop to be a bit too narrow unless you can back away.Honestly wish i had the 11-18mm but that's a dream a looonnnggg way off. If I buy any lens next, it'll be the 31mm ltd for Milky Way/Starscapes.
Greg
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2022, 01:10 PM  
Night 50mm M Milky Way test
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 3
Views: 146
Thanks Mike :)
yeah it was taken shortly after the 14mm capture I got of the log and water. my k3II was running out of battery but wanted to see what the lens could do with the core and skyguider. Hopefully on the 25th or 29th i can get out and do a proper run and troubleshoot some things with the mount.
The mount was given to me for free by another astrophotographer and I felt like it'd be neat to turn it into something where lots of people can learn and get their feet into the hobby a bit. I've had only a couple interested but no applications yet. It's a serious endeavour with a rigours application process and hefty agreement, mainly to protect the unit from being sent to someone who would steal it for their own or to sell for cash. Folks who are genuinely interested in the program shouldn't worry at all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2022, 08:56 AM  
Night 50mm M Milky Way test
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 3
Views: 146
Here is a test of the old 50mm f1.7 M lens stopped down to I think f/2.8? Not sure, it's two clicks slower than 1.7 I've never been any good doing that math in my head.
It's only a test because this is only 5 - 60s exposures of the core region of the Milky Way taken with the iOptron Skyguider pro.

Which brings me to another point: I've turned this Skyguider Pro into something rather fun. I'm calling it The Travelling Skyguider, where people can apply and have the unit shipped to them to use for 4 months before it is shipped to another person. The aim is for anyone wanting to learn astrophotgoraphy and may not have the means to buy a tracker or experience/gumption to dive head first into astrophotography with a full imaging setup right off the bat.

Currently open to North American applicants only, because I am broke and can't afford to ship it all over the world.

If you're curious, send me a message or if you know of someone, tell them to email thetravellingskyguider@gmail.com and I will send them the documents and application details.


Can also find it on Instagram @thetravellingskyguider


50mm by Greg Murray, on Flickr


The Travelling Skyguider by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2022, 08:37 AM  
Landscape Moses Falls
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Thanks! I'd prefer an ND filter but I'd still stack, just not as many images. Shooting at f20 isn't great with this lens, diffraction tends to render tree branches/leaves poorly. I'd much rather keep it at f8 for a sharper image, but, one does what one must. Usually I'll aperture blend but I was rushing and forgot to take lower aperture shots for this set.


Thanks! I took several at this location. This was my first composition and it is by far the best out of the three. Need to learn to trust my intuition, but it doesn't hurt to work the scene a bit.



Thanks Angky!




Thanks! Me too. I know long exposure waterfalls are done a lot but can't seem to not do it; it's the one little change that pushes it just beyond simply documenting the scenery. Also, when I first picked up my moms K10D in 2006 it was always a goal to learn how to do these, so that's another reason for why I pursue it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:10 AM  
Landscape Moses Falls
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Moses Falls near Revelstoke BC on our way back from a small family holiday to Royal Tyrell Museum.

10 images of 1/4s exposures stacked.


Moses by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:07 AM  
Nature "Exotic Dreams"
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Love the colours here Kerrowdown! Nice capture :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:05 AM  
Nature A Bumblebee Approaching
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 11
Views: 242
This is amazing Todd! So sharp and such a perfect comp!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:04 AM  
Nature Known as a: "Miniature Rose."
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Always beautiful TT.
Hope all is well!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:03 AM  
Machinery Shiny Relic
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 195
That's a cool logo! Love that logo's are moving back into this simple yet sleek design.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2022, 08:00 AM  
People Sienna
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Well done! Nice lighting, well framed, beauty model.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2022, 08:02 AM  
Night Miky Way with and without the ISS flyover
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 261
I didn't get the still reflection. Traditional milky way photography uses short exposures that are stacked which is how reflections are properly captured. While I had decent stars in the reflections of my tracked shots, once stacked, it didn't work out so well as i thought it would. So adding the reflections back in took a lot of work and I had to minimize them significantly due to a number of factors. I also had to keep the reflections of the untracked shots, which showed long trails, so editing those trails out was very time consuming.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2022, 06:17 PM  
Night Miky Way with and without the ISS flyover
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 261
That's a huge undertaking to expand on at the moment for me. Look up Astrophotography star trackers for milky way and there are a lot of articles on it. For stacking the tracked star shots I use PixInsight.
The reflection was difficult because while star reflections were sharp in the longer tracked exposures, stacking to help reduce noise and bring out detail didn't work. Obviously the untracked 4 minute exposures had a lot of trailing in them. The reflections of the stars were glorious on the perfectly still water. If I had done the work to capture them properly, I wouldn't have had such a hard time and the image would be a better rendition of what the camera saw.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2022, 11:20 AM  
Night Miky Way with and without the ISS flyover
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 261
thanks Mike :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2022, 08:05 AM  
Night Miky Way with and without the ISS flyover
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Suppose I should post a bit more here... Here is my latest milky way image. the stars are a stack of 30x 60s exposures. FOreground is a stack and focus merge of 6 4minute exposures all at ISO 400. Reflection was a pain to add back in because I didn't shoot it separately from the other two sets, foolishly.

July2022MilkyISS by Greg Murray, on Flickr

July2022Milky by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-12-2022, 03:33 PM  
Night M45 Vs3
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 219
They're leaving quick! I'm excited to do more galaxies this spring. Knocked off Bodes/Cigar, think either Pinwheel or Leo Triplet next.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2022, 11:36 PM  
Night M45 Vs3
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Thanks Angkymac :) Starnet++ is a star removal program. It allows one to remove the stars in an image so you can work on only the dust and gas. As the dust and gas are a lot more faint that the stars, when you try and bring it out without removing them, the stars get quite bloated and burnt. So as a result, without a star removal program, data can really only be taken so far before things turn quite ugly. Star shape and colour are very important to me. This image isn't perfect, my collimation was out so my stars look like little eggs. Hard to notice on small screens but definitely eggs.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2022, 04:57 PM  
Night M45 Vs3
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 219
I got Starnet++ working on my M1 Mac so here is a better edit of my M45 shot from Oct 31, done in PixInsight and Affinity Photo


M45piV5tiff by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2022, 07:26 AM  
Night M81 and M82
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Thanks TT :)

---------- Post added 03-06-2022 at 06:28 AM ----------


Haha yeah, it'd be quite the journey!




I do love how this hobby brings out the curiosity :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2022, 05:53 PM  
Night M81 and M82
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Bodes and Cigar galaxies from last night.

172 x 138s exposures

M81-82 by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-03-2022, 07:12 PM  
Night M42
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 10
Views: 283
I was curious :) Technically, the telescope is screw mount. T2 to K so you're not far off.

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Thanks TT :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-02-2022, 06:08 PM  
Night M42
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 10
Views: 283
M42 is just below and to the left of the three stars of his belt. You also have Branards Loop, the withc head nebula, Casper the friendly ghost nebula, Horsehead Nebula, flame nebula and a few others that are too dim to see in this shot.
Orion50mm-PCC-1-Edit by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-01-2022, 06:42 PM  
Night M42
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 10
Views: 283
It's the Great Orion Nebula, M42, in the sword of Orion, below the belt.
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