Stars and Shaceships! (84 image stacked star trail)

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  1. [kane]

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    Hi,

    From last night.... just having some fun while the moon is hiding, lucky we had clear skys... well not 100% clear, as the planes kept rolling in.

    Enjoy.

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  2. Deftone2k

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    Great shot mate i love it :)
     
  3. yangby

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    I'd like to do that some day (night) .... how long was the exposure for?

    The only thing I cant get my head around is changing the focus whilst looking through the viewfinder. The dark plays tricks with your eyes sometimes.
     
  4. Xang

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    I think this image would have worked better if it had startrails only, or the plane trails only. Having both is a little distracting.

    Very nice though :)
     
  5. bevanbraves

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    I'm impressed you had the camera pointed so the star trails were circling a "centre" point.

    Nice purple. Great tree (& grasses?).

    I think the planes add to it. Star trails are good, to me this is "advanced" star trails because theres another variable in the picture.
     
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    i wish i had the patience to do that :tired:
    excellent star trails :thumbup:
     
  7. brembo

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    I'm interested in the exposure settings too, also did long exposure NR create the cuts in the trails at all? I'm not sure what the result would be if I tried with my K20D due too it's compulsory NR.

    EDIT: Upon further inspection, they arent gaps, they're different stars all together :)
     
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    Nice Startrails Kane,

    Centre point would be the South Celestial Pole
     
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    Wow, awesome, new wallpaper for me when I get home..

    Ill check the rest of the stuff on your flickr too when I get home! :thumbup:
     
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    [kane]

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    Hi,

    Thanks guys, this is 84 shots stacked at ISO 400 f/5.6 for 30 seconds.

    No NR used, the shots are all taken in Jpeg also, usually I'd shoot in RAW, but because the stacking is done with Jpegs its a waste of time.

    I did shoot some normal 'long exposure' trails also....

    Thanks again.
     
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    awesome shot mate.
     
  12. bevanbraves

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    I wasnt game enough to quote "south celestial pole", but i know theres only one "centre" in the sky which the stars rotate around. I dont know where it is or how to find it, so my trails dont look so round.
     
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    South.

    You can find it with a long exposure on wide angle to normal if you need to.
     
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    Beautiful photo Kane, not your average star trail which makes this one great.
    Good foreground and I honestly think the planes make the photo.

    Which for us is just a bit of black sky - unlike the northern hemisphere (where Polaris is essentially the point of celestial north) we don't have a star 'almost smack on' the southern celestial pole.
     
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    We do actually, just not anywhere near as accurate.

    Sigma Octanis if I recall is about 1 degree off the South Celestial Pole.

    You just cant normally see it by eye.
     
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    Nice shot :)

    Finding and aligning a scope to the SCP with just a compass and some drift alignment is near impossible I swear! It must be me though... I need to get some practice.

    What lens did you use?
     
  17. aramis

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    You can find it by looking for the Southern Cross in the sky. Draw a line through the centre of the cross (the line will go downwards as the SC points downwards/upwards on approx 45 degree angle). Then to the left of the cross, find the 'pointers'. They are two really bright stars - they stand out pretty well when you spot them and are quite close together. Take the centre point of those two and draw another line downwards at about 45 degrees again.

    Where the line from the Southern Cross meets the line from the pointers, you've found it. As said above, there is a bit of black sky in that spot.

    Clear as mud? :lol: Once you find it a few times, you'll be right.

    You can do a few test shots too at say ISO 1600+ for a few minutes and then chimp in closely to see the curve of the stars.
     
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    Whoops, thats right ;) Thanks...
     
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    Thanks guys.
    Thanks Matt for the info.

    I might pop up a simple guide later from home, its good fun shooting stars, one of the hardest parts is the location and the weather...

    Lens fog can be an issue, but not allways.

    Have a look at the sky next clear night and see if you can find south, its not too hard.

    Thanks.
     
  20. bevanbraves

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    NOw you've said that, i remember getting the same advice once before. I get what you mean re the southern cross.
     

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