My Astrophotography Journey

CCD vs Film? Lots of time vs no patience? Alright, this is your place to discuss all the astrophotography what's and what's not. You can discuss about techniques, accessories, cameras, whatever....just make sure you also post some nice photos here too!
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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:29 am

hi Bros
I recently went to Death Valley National Park and took a photo of the MW. Unfortunately it was taken during the full moon and the MW didn't come out well. I tried editing it in PS but couldn't bring out the MW as much as I like to... It could be due to the pollution from the full moon or my less than adequate PS skills (likely)... Like to ask if anyone can help? I do like to know if it's the latter or former! :) I will send the raw photo to u (via email) to try.

Thanks in advance.

HJ

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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:31 am

Hi
I went for a holiday and took some pictures while traveling in Bryce Canyon National Park and Glacier National Parks.

The Glacier National Park was a time-lapse taken at 3am but astronomical twilight started to brighten up the sky as early as 4am and I had to stop. The view there was simply breathtaking with calm and still waters in the night that bring out the reflection from the mountains.

https://flic.kr/p/VBAZBr
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Here's another MW shot taken at Bryce Canyon National Park with the hoodoos as foreground. I'm learning to stitch several rows of panorama photo and will work on it in the next few days.

https://flic.kr/p/Uk19NL
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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:35 am

A panoramic photo of the Milkyway at Bryce Canyon. It was 1am and the area was really dark!

Five photos each were taken for the sky and canyon area. Shots taken at ISO3200, F4 with 3 mins exposure. There is some greenish look due to the airglow.
Still working on my stitching and photoshop skills... still have room for improvement :mryellow:

Second attempt to stitch and post process
https://flic.kr/p/VPZ8SQ

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Hong Joo

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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:55 am

Went to Grand Canyon last week and took this photo immediately after astronomical sunset. The Milkyway core had already set at this point. I made a silly mistake of setting the aperture at f7.1 instead of the max permissible my lens could allow i.e. f4.0. Photo was taken with ISO 3200 at 24mm, 120 sec setting.
In hindsight, it turned out a good choice since the moon was still out and at f4.0, it would have masked out the milky way if it had been this setting...

A total of 12 photos with 3 rows were stitched to form this panoramic photo. Halfway through the process, a shooting star shot across and u could see that in the middle of the photo. Hope u guys enjoy it!

https://flic.kr/p/H1rUJP
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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:00 am

Here's another similar shot but taken with my Samyang 14mm lens.

Two shots were taken for this composure at 14mm f2.8. The sky was taken with ISO3200set at 50 secs. My StarAdventurer was running and I had to watch the timing as any exposure longer than that would have been ruined by the 'pollution' from the moon.
The foreground was set at ISO4000 and 120 sec as I wanted the Canyons to be visible; the StarAdventure was turned off for this shot.

https://flic.kr/p/H1s4eK
ImageSetting Milkyway at Grand Canyon by heyjojos, on Flickr

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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:04 am

This is one of my first few tries using a torchlight to paint the foreground. I used my daughters as 'model'. Photo was taken in Sedona, Arizona. Shots taken at 14mm, f2.8, ISO3200, 70 sec.


https://flic.kr/p/21UdkZb
ImageGirls at Milkyway Party by heyjojos, on Flickr

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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby heyjojos » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:17 am

A lone tree under the stars...

Photo taken with 14mm Samyang lens at f2.8 with ISO4000 and 40 secs exposure

https://flic.kr/p/ZAAJYn
ImageLone Tree Under the Stars by heyjojos, on Flickr

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Re: My Astrophotography Journey

Postby Bergkamp_ » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:56 pm

Beautiful! [smilie=admire.gif]
Wee Ern aRmeD wiF Celestron 8SE reAdY tO taKe ovEr thE skY .. wIF jUst mY naKed eYEs .

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