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Posted: 9/20/2018 5:31:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/20/2018 5:33:24 AM EDT by Jimbo45]
Well, the astrophotography thread is locked, so here we go. I am new to photography, and my Nikon. I took these shots tonight, from my overly lit neighborhood. I know I need skills, so help me out.....


Link Posted: 9/20/2018 7:23:03 AM EDT
Should I?

Yes, I should....

Link Posted: 9/20/2018 8:11:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/20/2018 8:11:35 AM EDT by GlockSpeed31]
Damn planes flying through my shot!

Airplane transit by GlockSpeed31, on Flickr
Link Posted: 9/20/2018 8:37:07 AM EDT
cool photos
Link Posted: 9/20/2018 1:21:33 PM EDT
Haven't been to the astrophotography thread in a while, but can someone tell how in the flying fuck did that thread get LOCKED???????????
Link Posted: 9/20/2018 1:29:50 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 44-40pro:
Haven't been to the astrophotography thread in a while, but can someone tell how in the flying fuck did that thread get LOCKED???????????
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Looked like Ciraxis requested it be locked. Not sure why.
Link Posted: 9/20/2018 7:10:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:

Looked like Ciraxis requested it be locked. Not sure why.
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He started an Astrophotography thread over in GD, and I guess to avoid juggling, requested to have the one in this forum locked.
Link Posted: 9/21/2018 3:25:31 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By FredMan:
Should I?

Yes, I should....

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4440/37001920945_2b03896dbc_k_d.jpg
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Well thats awesome!
Link Posted: 9/21/2018 3:26:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
Damn planes flying through my shot!

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/937/29041264297_3cfcc504b1_c.jpgAirplane transit by GlockSpeed31, on Flickr
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I know, right. One was in my second pic.
Link Posted: 9/21/2018 3:27:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2018 4:00:08 AM EDT
No idea what happened to the last one, but okay then. Tagging this for when I have clear weather again. Rain for the last week and next week forecast.
Link Posted: 9/24/2018 8:16:20 AM EDT
Finally a clear night, but the moon was too bright to try anything.

Link Posted: 9/24/2018 8:53:30 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
Finally a clear night, but the moon was too bright to try anything.

https://orig00.deviantart.net/28d9/f/2018/267/a/7/untitled_by_aknorthpolar-dcnnsdd.jpg
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Awesome!!!!
What lens?
Link Posted: 9/24/2018 9:01:17 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Jimbo45:

Awesome!!!!
What lens?
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Thanks, and an insane combination of the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 and their TC17E II teleconverter to make it an 850mm f/9.5 lens.
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 6:37:27 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
Thanks, and an insane combination of the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 and their TC17E II teleconverter to make it an 850mm f/9.5 lens.
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Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
Originally Posted By Jimbo45:

Awesome!!!!
What lens?
Thanks, and an insane combination of the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 and their TC17E II teleconverter to make it an 850mm f/9.5 lens.
Oh wow! Nice. What Nikon body?
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 7:55:18 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Jimbo45:

Oh wow! Nice. What Nikon body?
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NorthPolar shoots a Nikon D850, usually.
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 8:45:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:

NorthPolar shoots a Nikon D850, usually.
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Yup. I’ll probabky get a D500 or similar down the road, but I needed full frame over crop sensor for aurora and whatnot.
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 6:37:56 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Zack3g:
Should I post some of my 400mm f/2.8 + 2x TC + 1.4x TC + D500 shots of the moon?

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Do eeet
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 8:10:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2018 9:32:52 PM EDT
This started out as an ISS transit, but with the fog and low altitude (the 9:14 pm EST transit was only 10 degrees above the horizon), and that danm full moon lighting everything up, all I got was this moonlit foggy shot of the house and yard.

Moonlit Foggy Night 20180925 by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 9/29/2018 10:50:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/29/2018 11:29:18 PM EDT by BassFishing]
Cool photos, guys! I wish I had telescopic lens setup as good as yours. I'm not sure what 400mm f/2.8 + 2x TC + 1.4x TC means, but would that be a 400mm lens with a 2x magnifier and another 1.4x magnifier? It doesn't look like it lost any image quality even with those magnifiers on it.

I thought that was a pretty cool idea to photo the ISS as it flies over so I looked for an app for my phone that would tell me when it would fly over, and I found something called ISS Spotter.

Well I suppose I'll re-post some of my star photos since the other thread was locked. Since don't have a telephoto setup I just use a wide-angle lens to take star trail photos. I'm always looking for ways to improve so if you have any constructive criticism feel free to help. I have a Canon T3i camera body, and it does not perform well at all in low light if I bump up the ISO past 200. I am going to get a Canon 24mm f2.8 prime lens, which I think will be wide enough for star trails and a little faster than that 17-40mm f4L lens I'm using. Eventually I'd like to get a T7i or a T8i, when they come out with that, since it would be a lot better in low light.











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Link Posted: 9/29/2018 11:43:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2018 7:16:05 AM EDT by BassFishing]
Jimbo45, it looks like you need to get away from the city lights more. I had to drive an hour east from Colorado Springs before I got to Calhan, on a night with no moon, where I was able to see the milky way. Any moon more than a sliver will really introduce a lot of light. I used a wide angle lens that stops down to f4, but even that is not wide open enough, I think. I'm going to be getting that f2.8 lens soon. Maybe a hydrogen alpha astronomy filter would help too. They block sodium light wavelengths from the city lights.
Link Posted: 9/30/2018 9:54:33 AM EDT
Since don't have a telephoto setup I just use a wide-angle lens to take star trail photos. I'm always looking for ways to improve so if you have any constructive criticism feel free to help
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Not sure if you're shooting the trails in a single shot, but the way to do it is to use the intervalometer function on your camera (assuming it has one) and take a series of shorter exposures and then stack.

I'll take 200-400 frames of anywhere from 5 to 25 seconds and then put them all together in the free Startrails software.

Makes it really easy.

StarTrails Stack 11mm 2016-03-15a by FredMan, on Flickr

House Starstack 2016-04-03a by FredMan, on Flickr

You can also use Startrails to stack all kinds of other stuff:

Resize by FredMan, on Flickr

5-minute Interval by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 9/30/2018 10:03:44 AM EDT
I like the star photo with the forest in the background
Link Posted: 10/2/2018 8:37:56 PM EDT
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I like the star photo with the forest in the background
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Snowy Startrails by FredMan, on Flickr

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Edit by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 10/5/2018 10:12:26 PM EDT
As a heads up, there is likely a G2 solar storm hitting tomorrow night. You guys might see lights down in the states, so keep an eye out.
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 11:02:53 AM EDT
Way cool, FredMan!
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 6:05:37 PM EDT
I'm still working on photos from last night, but here's a teaser...

Link Posted: 10/9/2018 8:51:08 PM EDT
I have GOT to get myself up north to see the Lights.
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 9:09:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FredMan:
I have GOT to get myself up north to see the Lights.
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That was about 3 minutes worth of movement btw.
Link Posted: 10/10/2018 11:20:04 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By FredMan:
I have GOT to get myself up north to see the Lights.
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You and me both

Here is what I've been shooting the past few nights

Link Posted: 10/14/2018 9:22:41 PM EDT
I like those time lapse videos.
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 4:21:10 PM EDT
Did a little moon imaging last night. Slight fuzziness, didn't have my glasses to do the fine tune focus.
A composite stack of 25 images, f/13, 1/30 sec, ISO 320. Nikon D7000, Tamron 150-600 gen 1 at 600mm

Moon Crop by GlockSpeed31, on Flickr
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 6:29:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/15/2018 6:30:12 PM EDT by FredMan]
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
Did a little moon imaging last night. Slight fuzziness, didn't have my glasses to do the fine tune focus.
A composite stack of 25 images, f/13, 1/30 sec, ISO 320. Nikon D7000, Tamron 150-600 gen 1 at 600mm

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1924/31471153118_c6ffce281c_c.jpgMoon Crop by GlockSpeed31, on Flickr
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I think you're making it too hard. Moon shots are simple. This one is just a single frame with the D7100 at f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 600mm (same lens and gen as you're using). As for focus, once you've dot-tuned your lens (not sure if the D7000 lets you do that) all you need to do is use the autofocus on the edge. It'll be nice and sharp.

Remember that the moon really is a bright object and taking pictures of it isn';t a lot different than taking pictures of any other normal subject. I typcially do use a tripod, though, and mirror-up remote (making sure to let the camera settle for a few seconds after mirror up and before the final release). And make damn sure you turn the lens VR OFF.

Stacking multiple frames isn't needed or recommended for the moon.

DSC_8464-Moon160116 by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 7:55:05 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FredMan:

I think you're making it too hard. Moon shots are simple. This one is just a single frame with the D7100 at f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 600mm (same lens and gen as you're using). As for focus, once you've dot-tuned your lens (not sure if the D7000 lets you do that) all you need to do is use the autofocus on the edge. It'll be nice and sharp.

Remember that the moon really is a bright object and taking pictures of it isn';t a lot different than taking pictures of any other normal subject. I typcially do use a tripod, though, and mirror-up remote (making sure to let the camera settle for a few seconds after mirror up and before the final release). And make damn sure you turn the lens VR OFF.

Stacking multiple frames isn't needed or recommended for the moon.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1482/24316627762_e8c01d97bf_b.jpgDSC_8464-Moon160116 by FredMan, on Flickr
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Yeah, I decided to try the stacking. I compared the stacked to a single image and didn't notice much difference in the 2. Just playing around some.
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 8:46:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:

Yeah, I decided to try the stacking. I compared the stacked to a single image and didn't notice much difference in the 2. Just playing around some.
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Oh, OK. Nothing wrong with experimentation!

And I wasn't trying to harsh your post; might have seemed that way. It's just that way back when I thought that getting good moon shots was some arcane photo voodoo; but it's really one of the easiest things to shoot.
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 9:09:55 PM EDT
Wow. Incredible pics. Thanks for posting!!!
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