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Photo dump.

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Sagittarius area of the Milky Way, Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Canon 50mm f1.8 stm @ f4.

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Tri – x. This is a super long exposure of me setting up a milky way shot up in the mountains.

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Fun with strobes. Tri – x

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Tri – x 400

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Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Canon 50mm f1.8 stm @ f4.

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Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Rokinon 14mm @ 2.8

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My Skytracker needed surgery while camping.

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

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Taken during Julian Starfest

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

Milky Way from Palomar Mountain

Decided to put the 8mm Peleng to work so I drove up Palomar Mountain around 2 in the morning to catch the summer milky way rising. Conditions were perfect… weather was nice, there was a fog below the mountains that was blocking all the LP and the moon had just set. So even though I had to work in the morning I decided to drive the 1.5 hours up to the top and go for it.

My new Canon T3 will not come to focus with the 8mm, I suspect this is because it is full spectrum modified and I need to adjust the sensor position. No matter, I still have my 350D. Roughly polar aligned the CG-4 and started taking a series of 300sec exposures.

Widefield Milky Way with Fisheye Lens

I recently rented an 8mm fisheye lens from Borrowlenses.com for a week to mess around. It’s pretty neat but you can only do so much with them. I think when I’m finally going to buy a nice wide lens it will be in the 21mm prime range.

Image Location and Date: Tierra Del Sol (SDAA Dark Site) on August 30th, 2011
Object: Milky Way
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Peleng 8mm Fisheye
Imaging FL: 8mm
Imaging focal ratio: f8
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 3 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (15 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

Image Location and Date: Julian Starfest on August 27th, 2011
Object: Milky Way
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Peleng 8mm Fisheye
Imaging FL: 8mm
Imaging focal ratio: f8
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 4 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (20 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

Sagittarius area of Milky Way

Image Location and Date: SDAA Dark Sky Site at Tierra Del Sol on July 3rd 2011
Object: Sagittarius Star Cloud
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: 50mm 1.8 Nikkor
Imaging FL: 50mm
Imaging focal ratio: f4
Imaging camera: Nikon D60
Lights: 2 x 300sec @ ISO 1600 (10 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop.

One last Milky Way widefield from Joshua Tree

Here ya go.

Milky Way from Joshua Tree

Southern Milky Way

Cygnus Area of the Milky Way, North American Nebula is in the center.

Cassiopeia + Perseus… double cluster in the center.

Milky Way from Palomar Mountain

Snapped a few quick pictures of the summer milky way from the Palomar Mountain turnout. Unfortunately my deep cycle battery wasn’t working correctly so I didn’t have the ability to set up my telescope mount. Therefore, I have no tracking, therefore, star trails. There was a nice marine layer covering San Diego County, you can see the peaks of mountains and valleys poking above it. Great night. Pardon the noise, I was shooting at ISO3200 and forgot to take dark frames. I did get the chance to try out a 28mm Tokina lens I found at the swap meet for $20, so far so good.