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Milky way with EM-1

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by aks6674, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    This is my first try at it, going again early tomorrow morning. u5a6yhup.

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  2. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    And a selfie.

    uvyjuhy3.

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  3. Timmy

    Timmy Mu-43 Regular

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    Awesome! I'd love to know what lens / exposure length you used - and where did you take these photos?
     
  4. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks! I used the 12mm f2.0 for these shots, both of which were 15 second exposures at ISO 3200. These were taken about an hour from Carlsbad, New Mexico (where I also got some nice cave shots with the same lens), which is a pretty dark location. I tried to get some more at Big Bend National Park this morning, but there is a dust storm here that's messing everything up. Hopefully it will be gone tomorrow, as this is one of the best dark skies around.

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  5. BAPHA

    BAPHA Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2012
    This may sound like a silly question but I am curious, could you actually see the Milky Way with your naked eyes, as in the pictures?
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Nice shot, but that light isn't going to do you much good.:smile:
     
  7. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    Hope you can post a bigger picture though. And I second the question above. That makes us two sillies.
     
  8. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    You can see it, but not like it is in the shot. It looks more like a thin, arched white cloud than anything (at least, it does where I was). It stretches across the sky starting in the south and off to the east. The camera is just that much more sensitive than the eye, I guess.

    I'm anxious to see it in a truly dark sky, hope to do so tomorrow morning. I've heard it actually casts a shadow on the ground if it's clear enough!

    By the way -if you don't have Stellarium yet, get it. It's free, and will show you exactly when the galaxy will rise, as well as when the moon will set. I used that and Google Earth to find a valley with a good view to the south. Then its up to mother nature to give you a clear night.

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  9. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    Thanks. Gotta get a bigger light...

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  10. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    Here you go. I'm still learning how to process these, different needs from most of what I've tried.

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  11. halfhand

    halfhand Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 20, 2013
    Great job! I like them a lot, the second is a cool idea.
    I would suggest also that you light for an instant the plants in front.
     
  12. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    Thanks! And i agree, i like that look a lot. I tried it a few times, but ended up blowing them out every time... My light was too strong. Next time, I'll take a variable power light and something to diffuse it.

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  13. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2014
    From atop the Guadalupe Mountains

    I posted this one somewhere else already, but didn't really like the processing. Gave it another go here.

    Carlsbad Astro.
     
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  14. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

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    That is a great shot, well done.
     
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