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It's been a long time since I made astrophotography pictures. I got a rare opportunity to get to a dark spot, even though it's was quite late for the Galactic Core in October I still got a good one. It was the first time I used a 14mm and f 2.8 for shooting stars.
 

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From a plane maybe? (As your sig is Aviator.)
Did you open the door or the window to take this? :whistling:

Haha like those selfies other pilots have outside of the airplane while flying holding a selfie stick. :biggrin:

Now being more serious, it is true sometimes I take my photos from the flight deck. Milky Way from the airplane is possible providing there is not even the slightest turbulence, so you can hold the camera against the windshield or set a suction cup.

But this time, I was on vacation and this was taken in the Maldives Islands.
 

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Not thrilled with how this came out, but just my luck, the only clouds in the sky were exactly where the Milky Way was...you can only see a little bit of the core.
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Earlier on in the evening there were a lot of shooting stars in my shots.
Are you sure those are meteors?

If you zoom in, do they start thin and dim, and get brighter and wider?

If not, they are probably satellites, especially "earlier in the evening."

Meteors tend to be at their best around midnight. Near dawn or dusk, low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are at their best, as they are illuminated by the setting sun. When meteors are out, LEO satellites go away, as they are entirely in Earth's shadow then.

At 100%, LEOs will rather suddenly appear, remain the same thickness and brightness, then suddenly disappear.
 

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Are you sure those are meteors?

If you zoom in, do they start thin and dim, and get brighter and wider?

If not, they are probably satellites, especially "earlier in the evening."

Meteors tend to be at their best around midnight. Near dawn or dusk, low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are at their best, as they are illuminated by the setting sun. When meteors are out, LEO satellites go away, as they are entirely in Earth's shadow then.

At 100%, LEOs will rather suddenly appear, remain the same thickness and brightness, then suddenly disappear.
Actually I believe most of them are meteors. There are 8 or 9 distinct ones just in that shot. I found a satellite tracker online not long after this shot to double check...I believe I determined that maybe 1 of them was a satellite. But there where absolutely not 8 hanging out in the same section of sky that night at that time. Also, many were visible with the naked eye, and simply were just shooting stars. They’re pretty recognizable as they flare up and whip across the sky.
 

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I went out and made an attempt to catch the Milky Way yesterday morning. 13 sec. f/2.0, 6400 iso. I have a Move Shoot Move Tracker on order that'll be here next week sometime so maybe that'll help get more detail but I can't complain with the result after having so much light pollution from Seattle.

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Sure blame your problems on Seattle, everybody else does! :rolleyes:

Actually, it is a nice capture for having so much light in the region. And since we have clear skies for another night before the rain sets back in, you could get another shot at it this evening. This time I'll remember to hit the dimmer switch before heading to bed.

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Sure blame your problems on Seattle, everybody else does! :rolleyes:

Actually, it is a nice capture for having so much light in the region. And since we have clear skies for another night before the rain sets back in, you could get another shot at it this evening. This time I'll remember to hit the dimmer switch before heading to bed.

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Funny you mention clear skies tonight, I'm heading out late tonight as well. I don't think I'll be out all night but I'm going to experiment with the Live Comp and get some star trail shots of the Hood Canal Bridge. Later this month as the moon brings in more light I'm going to try and get the Olympic mountains with star trails as well.
 

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Funny you mention clear skies tonight, I'm heading out late tonight as well. I don't think I'll be out all night but I'm going to experiment with the Live Comp and get some star trail shots of the Hood Canal Bridge. Later this month as the moon brings in more light I'm going to try and get the Olympic mountains with star trails as well.
Sounds like fun! Hope you get some good images.

--Ken
 

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Two images of the Milky Way taken at the 19th Century Barrenjoey Lighthouse. A somewhat difficult shoot as the lantern was alight for 4 cycles of approximately 4 secs each with an interval of 4 secs between each cycle. After the fourth cycle it would shut off for 9 secs before repeating. This permitted an exposure interval of only 8 secs to avoid over exposing the scene. The first image is a single shot of 8 secs taken just as the light was dimming after the forth cycle. The second image is a composite stack of 10 light and dark frames processed in Starry Landscape Stacker each taken for 8 secs.

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Two images of the Milky Way taken at the 19th Century Barrenjoey Lighthouse. A somewhat difficult shoot as the lantern was alight for 4 cycles of approximately 4 secs each with an interval of 4 secs between each cycle. After the fourth cycle it would shut off for 9 secs before repeating. This permitted an exposure interval of only 8 secs to avoid over exposing the scene. The first image is a single shot of 8 secs taken just as the light was dimming after the forth cycle. The second image is a composite stack of 10 light and dark frames processed in Starry Landscape Stacker each taken for 8 secs.

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Both great images, but my favourite is the first one: definitely worth printing and hanging :thumbsup:
 

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First astro attempt with my Nikon. Not too shabby. If I had it in me to stay up a couple more hours the Milky Way would’ve been higher and further away from the glow of the town and certainly more impressive. It was also incredibly windy and there was a lot of dust/sand/dirt in the air which I’m sure didn’t help my cause.
 
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