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Cavey
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Registered: 11th Nov 02
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4th Jan 11 at 17:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Well, after watching this last night I feel obliged to try and take some sky pictures tonight, so going on what they said (High F stop, Iso, 800ish, 30" sec shutter length) I'll have a go tonight hopefully if the cloud cover stays away anyway, will report back with pictures later hopefully!

Apparently there's a meteor storm tonight as well - Quadrantids (meteor showers) in fact....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00d1b8l - that should be the link for what they consider to be the settings for star photos.

I still haven't figured out how to do star trails though, last time I did a 30min exposure it was just white
AndyKent
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4th Jan 11 at 18:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Good star trails will be done with a series if short exposures stacked rather than a single long one.

[Edited on 04-01-2011 by AndyKent]
Cavey
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4th Jan 11 at 19:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

that'd make sense, yeah!
AndyKent
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4th Jan 11 at 19:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you want to have a go, try this - http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html

Its pretty good, though I only ever used it for static star shots rather than moving.
Cavey
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4th Jan 11 at 19:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah, they mentioned webcam stacking on the video I posted on there. I'll probably have a go at trails later in the year when it's a bit warmer!

Just a few star shots tonight I reckon, if I can be arsed :/
Bobber123
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4th Jan 11 at 21:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

get a neuteral density filter, they allow you to do longer exposures without letting as much light in or something, great for night shots and flowing water and the beach in the middle of the day so you get the misty water look,
like this one - http://rowlandphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/rapids.jpg

 
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