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    First attempt

    Me and SWMBO went with some friends to the Gran Quivira Pueblo Mission last night and I tried some night sky photography for the first time (they were open till 10PM for a special autonomy event). I bought a Rokinon 14mm lens to use on my 6D just for the occasion. I had the camera on a sturdy tripod and tried to pre-focus before taking long exposures. The sults were “ok” but not as spectacular as I was hoping. Here are a few of the shots that were taken looking due south at where the Milky Way comes up above horizon. The shot were the walls look red was my attempt at light painting with a red-lens penlight. In the second picture you can see where an airplane in the distance trekked across the frame. In the last picture there are some vertical streaks that I think were meteors or possibly satellites? Click the thumbnails to open larger version.

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    Re: First attempt

    Very neat, sir! Especially the last one.
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    Re: First attempt

    Wow, out of this world shots.
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    Re: First attempt

    Those are great shots. A clear night away from light pollution.

    Would make a nice series of prints.

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    Re: First attempt

    That last one is AMAZING... and I'd think there might be motion artifact with a long exposure. No?
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    Re: First attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidApp View Post
    Those are great shots. A clear night away from light pollution.

    Would make a nice series of prints.

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    Thanks. One problem was the fact that there was a lot of smoke on the horizon from some fires in our state, which is evident in the orange-is glow on the horizon. That glow was not evident with the naked eye.
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    Re: First attempt

    Wow, i haven't seen that many stars in the sky in a long, long time around here. Great pics.
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    Re: First attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    That last one is AMAZING... and I'd think there might be motion artifact with a long exposure. No?
    I have an App called "Dark Skys" that allows you to select the focal length of the lens you are using for star photography and it tells you how many seconds you can expose before star motion will become apparent. In this case, I was using a 14mm lens soon a full frame camera and the max time of exposure before I should see any star-motion is 42.17 seconds. My exposures were all between 20 and 30 seconds (most at 25 seconds) so I don't think star motion would have been an issue.
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    Re: First attempt

    Oh wow!

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    Re: First attempt

    Great photos. In that last photo is that a falling star in the center of the frame? I like how the plane in the second shot is a series of dots as the lights moved along.
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    Re: First attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    Great photos. In that last photo is that a falling star in the center of the frame? I like how the plane in the second shot is a series of dots as the lights moved along.

    Thanks Walt. Yes there was a plane going across the scene in one of the pictures. As for the streaks in the last picture (there are actually a couple if you look closely), I suspect satellites. The shutter was open approximately 25 seconds and a shooting star I think would have left a much longer trail. I'm not positive, but satellites would be my guess. The ISS did fly overheard earlier in the evening (while still dusk) and we saw it but didn't get any pictures.
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    Re: First attempt

    Satellites make sense. You were able to track the ISS? That is awesome.
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    Re: First attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    Satellites make sense. You were able to track the ISS? That is awesome.
    Well, not "track" exactly - we just saw it go across the sky. There were some amateur astronomers there who happened to know exactly when and where it would be visible. This is a web site where you can determine when ISS will be visible from different locations: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/home.cfm

    This is the info for where we were located last Saturday:

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    Re: First attempt

    Ahha.
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    Re: First attempt

    Really cool. And beautiful photos!!
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