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Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Nov 24, 2008.

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    Ok as Terry asked thought I'd post this - have a pop and see what you can get - trial and error will mean you simply wont get what you want 1st time.

    What you will need.

    1. a camera - a DSLR is best but a good digital camera with lots of manual options might work.

    2. A tripod

    3. A clear night ( this is the rarest of commodities)


    Some good subjects to try

    1. constellations
    2. the moon
    3. planets against a horizon
    4. star trails

    Ok first thing to do is pick your subject - you will need a good zoom lens for any decent clarity on the moon - all th eothers will be fine with the lens that came with your camera.

    Assuming you are going to take some star shots first thing to do is to go out and find your subject in the night sky. Pick a constellation or try and find polaris etc.

    Set up your camera on your tripod and point it at that rough area of sky and use as wide a field as possible 18 mm works well.

    set the focus to manual and try and focus on a bright star - this is hard and requires a lot of fiddling about - infiny on most lenses is all the way to the end and then back a tweak.

    take a few 5 second test shots at a fairly high iso 800 - 1600 to see if your focus was right.

    Then try a few 10 - 15 second shots

    Open them up in photoshop and have a play with levels/brightness etc to see what you can get out.

    This one from greece shows you can get planets and even some bright nebulas on just a static tripod

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    The other fun thing to do is point the camera at the northern star set the iso to 200-400 and open the shutter for a few minutes - you will then see the effects of the spinning earth

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    Planets can be a good thing to capture if you know where to look - this is the very elusive Mercury and was handheld

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    Just have fun fiddling with the iso settings and the exposure time

    please please please post some pics I'd love to see them
     
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    This means I'll have to read the manual that came with my camera now. I only ever use auto focus.

    I want to try and get Orion. I'll wait for a clear night and sit in the front garden and have a jigger with the camera.
     
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    Lord I wish I could do this. Poppy has a DSLR but I wouldn't know how to work it for love nor money. I have a Sony T2 Chris. Is this too basic to work with?
     
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    not sure claire - the main problem would be focussing - most point and click cameras have an autofocus and they really struggle in the dark
     
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    Okay Dokey! I will do some research into how Poppy's camera works and if it's not too complicated I'll see what I can achieve!
     
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    Is there a prize?
     
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    :dozey:

    you will have taken a nice photo
     
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    Just clarifying, that's all. :shrug: :D
     
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    chris

    i noticed there are two really bright objects in the sky tonight, how do i set the lenghth of time for the shot that you say in the OP?
     
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    i think i will be a summer astrologer! :lol: i don't want frozen marrow
     
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    Mick - set the camera to manual - there will be a way to change the length of exposure on the 350d its a little wheel just behind the shutter trigger

    Iso is set through options on the screen
     
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    ok thx chris got it :)
     
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    Rats..now I gotta go find my big tripod :lol:
     
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    Me and my son took a few tonight of the two brighton lights in the sky which my son said are planets, but they are a bit like hexagon shapes, not sure how to edit them to get the best finish.
     
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    stick them omn here and i'll have a fiddle if you like :D
     
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    Can you text me if we get a clear sky please? :D
     
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    :unsure: but it might be cloudy where you are.
     
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    Then I'll come to your house then. :D
     
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    I have taken them in RAW so I will have to convert to post.
     
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    Here are a couple I shot of the moon a few weeks back..

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