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LowLight

The Sky At Night

I'm hoping to get a telescope in the near future but until then this shot Venus will have to do.

I'll get out the back tonight and take some star shots to make the thread that tiny bit more interesting.

Stuball

The background snow makes it even more interesting
LowLight

I was thinking that too Stu.

I hoping to find out more about shooting the sky so any help would appreciated. Help could equal a really good telescope. j/k

The Plough.

AlanM

you should be able to get a mount for your camera fairly easily, either a direct mount or a t-mount and adapter (best if you want to use different cameras on it)
LowLight

I've been reading about the mounts for cameras and some of the shots of galaxies are simply amazing but there is a lot of work goes into it.

A lot of long exposures and stacking in post processing.
Stuball

The fast moving clouds over GDL

Doog Doog

Cracking pics,peeps
Fjord

Northern Lights over Glasgow which occurred after a sudden burst of Solar activity during Jan 2005.  Made my computer crash and caused the house lights to flicker which alerted me that something was going on.  







LowLight

Really good shots guys.
Stuball

You'd be amazed how much light the moon reflects, even in the middle of nowhere on a dark windy night

Doog Doog

Amazing!
Doog Doog

Tonight's Moon





hillmanimp

Total eclipse of the sun.  Rheims August 1999.  We were very fortunate that there was a gap in the clouds at totality and I managed to get these shots.  This is a cut and paste job from the different photos.





Imp
discominer

So, sky at night in daytime!
hillmanimp

discominer wrote:
So, sky at night in daytime!


Indeed    

It became very dark, the street lights came, the birds became silent, it was exactly like night, except only lasting a few minutes  

The eclipse was one of the most incredible things I have experienced, and if anyone gets the opportunity to go to one, I would thoroughly recommend it!

Imp
Stuball

Lone Groover

Stuball

Doog Doog

Nice one of Cassiopeia
Toryglen-boy

Now this is something i can join in with, i am an avid amateur astronomer, as well as enjoying photography to, here are some of my images.









and me!!

cybers

Right Stu you run the distraction i will get that tripod  

Stunning images buddy ... Great looking set up too.
Bugger humpin that out of the town though  
Doog Doog

Stunning
fastnet

I've a feeling you're not in Toryglen anymore.......Not with that equipment anyway.

Fantastic images though......
Stuball

and the laptop gets... a chair... a little anti-climatic don't you think
cybers

Could always blag a lectern from the church ... would bring it to the right hieght on a nearer my god than thee kinda way  
Doog Doog

Took these years ago as an experiment:

Perseus




Orion


Auriga
Doog Doog

Don't know how these will look resized. Taken with the old camera.









Doog Doog

The moon,Venus & Jupiter.



LowLight

I'm hoping this is Venus. It may be Jupiter though.

Doog Doog

The brightest of the 2 is Venus.
LowLight

Doog Doog wrote:
The brightest of the 2 is Venus.


I know mate but I can't remember if this was the brightest of the two. haha
Toryglen-boy

more astro pics, been asked to post more!!

M8, The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius, never really rises fae Glesga, so when i moved out to Australia about 6 years ago, it gave me a chance to capture mare things




M83 in Pisces, again not easily seen from UK, and sitting at a distance of over  30,000,000 light years.




M104 in Virgo, also known as the Sombrero Galaxy, very small in this image, but it does lie edge on, at a distance of over 32,000,000 light years




M16 - The Eagle Nebula, again in the Southern skies between Sagittarius, and Capricorn, where stars are born.





Beano

TGB...lovely photo's and info mate.        
Toryglen-boy

Beano wrote:
TGB...lovely photo's and info mate.        


Nothing tae thank me for, after finding here, the wallpaper on my 55" TV, is Howat Street, in Govan, where i was born in 1970

maybe the pictures i capture are far more technical, but the smiles and joy i get from the pics uv Glesga, when i am living on my own, 12,500 miles away in Canberra, is thanks in itself

:)
cybers

Toryglen-boy wrote:






Fecking awesome .... Thought about grabbing myself a telescope and an adapter for when i am away in my pikey hoose to deepest darkest Scotland... But was warned about the light pollution thing.

Any recommendations for gear on a poor mans budget ?
Toryglen-boy

On the cheap? unfortunately not!

I use an EQ6 mount, thats drift aligned to the pole, drift alignment is needed for longer exposures, and to get exposures of say, 10 minutes, then you have to be exactly on the pole, to within a few arc seconds, which, is something thats pure mental, like the width of a hair, at arms length ...

Once aligned, the main scope is colimated by a laser, and allowed to cool, ontop of the 200m scope, is a smaller 80mm guide scope, at the end of this, is a small CCD camera (red LED on it, see it?) this takes an exposure is .5 of a second, and sends a pulse signal to the mount, through the big silver curly R45 cable, that basically says to the mount "left a bit, up a bit, down a bit, right a bit" type thing, with the movement being absolutely minute, while this is happening, the mount is arcing across the pole, at sidreal speed. Several exposures of 10 minutes or so, are stacked on top of each other, processed with darks and flats etc, as you would any picture, and then stretched in Adobe CS5, i say "stretched" as in the picture it has a Canon 1000D on the focuser, as i was taking snaps of planets that night, although usually i would use a QHY8 peltier cooled CCD, for 2 reasons, first, its phase cooled to -40 below ambient, and secondly, its 16bit colour, compared to 12 or 14bit of a DSLR, the whole lot is controlled by a laptop.



oh ... it awe costs pure hunnas of money.


the setup below, is about, 6 grand.   :)


cybers

Fuckit back to two lavvy tubes and the auld boys spex again it is then...

Was looking at some of the used Meade variants on Ebay as to be honest its more a curiosity than anything serious so could not possibly justify anywhere near 6k.
Toryglen-boy

cybers wrote:
Fuckit back to two lavvy tubes and the auld boys spex again it is then...

Was looking at some of the used Meade variants on Ebay as to be honest its more a curiosity than anything serious so could not possibly justify anywhere near 6k.


or ...

you could build a barndoor mount, costs nothing, or very little, its a mechanical mount the mimics the equatorial tilt and movement .. wont allow for uber long exposures, say, 30 seconds or so, but it will give points of light, and not trails, the closer you shot to the pole, the less chance of trails ...

linkage ...

http://www.homebuiltastronomy.com/barndoor/index.htm

dmk

Toryglen-boy wrote:




so cool  
Doog Doog

excellent pics
AlanM

Got this the other night at Queen's View car park...

Aurora by 1Alan_M, on Flickr
AlanM

https://www.facebook.com/photo.ph...7095018&l=4500039693439343985
fastnet

Fantastic Alan....
norrie

Hi AlanM, and here was me thinking that  could only be seen way up North, great shot
cybers

Belter Alan, I was shocked to see pics on flickr from outside Calais, it must have been some discharge.
Doog Doog

  Awesome!
Bill_M

Great picture, great colours.
AlanM

The camera does a great job of picking up the detail. To the naked eye there was a faint glow above the hoizon
AlanM

A stack of over 80 images from that evening


Aurora by 1Alan_M, on Flickr
skintobalinto

AlanM wrote:
A stack of over 80 images from that evening


Aurora by 1Alan_M, on Flickr


Alan that is stunning mate, I would love to try that
norrie

Hi alanM, thats a great shot
fastnet

A wee red moon last night.

Apparently you can see Mars this week and the ISS passing each night.


Moon. por john.mcknight, en Flickr
Doog Doog

Love it!
norrie

Hi fastnet, like that one, might try some night stuff with my NEW camara
cybers


Ratho by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Doog Doog

That's quite picturesque
norrie

Like that one, I am still playing around with night shots
cybers

On the causeway at Lindisfarne.

The Refuge by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Doog Doog

Excellent.
cybers


Loch Lomond by David C Laurie, on Flickr
sputnik

WOW!    
James

cybers wrote:

Loch Lomond by David C Laurie, on Flickr

Cracker.  



James H
Doog Doog

'Kinell!      
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