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Rokinon 14mm is perfect for wide field astrophotography

Yes, its very good wide open. With a decent camera (as in low noise as ISO 6400) you can easily expose the Milky Way in 30 seconds. I’ve done plenty of that, I decided to see how good it was stopped down a bit and with a much longer exposure on an iOptron Skytracker.

 

14mm @ f5.6, ISO 3200 240 Seconds

 

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Thanksgiving weekend in Anza Borrego

Was fortunate enough to spend a couple of nights out by myself in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Didn’t really get much sleep, but that’s the point isn’t it?

A moonlit Sandstone Canyon
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One more from Death Valley

Forgot I had this one! Taken near Eureka Dunes.

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Death Valley 2014

Just spent another week around Death Valley. 8 days of camping, 1000 miles of driving all over the place and nearly three-hundred gigabytes of photos to go through. I’m in the process of moving this week so I won’t have time to go through anything but I’ll post one of my favorites for now.

Trona Pinnacles in the pre-dawn sky.

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Palomar Mountain Milky Way

Took a drive (my favorite drive!) up Palomar Mountain and over to Lake Henshaw one night. Didn’t stay (extremely rare that I don’t camp) the night, just went out for a nice drive.

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Cygnus

Took this a couple months ago during my trip to the White Moutains, an amazing grey zone site at 8,400 feet. Used a rental 6D during the trip which convinced me to buy one and I couldn’t be more pleased with its performance.

31 subs at ISO 800, 240sec exposures using a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 @f4 on an unmodded Canon 6D

Cassiopeia to M31

Taken during Julian Starfest

Canon 6D unmodded
50x300sec @ ISO800
Nikkor 50mm 1.8 @ F4
Atlas EQ-G unguided