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Learning To Shoot The Stars

By Disee      
It all started with Comet Neowise in July - everyone was posting fabulous images and I wanted to get into the act.

So up to the South Downs at the ungodly hour of 2.30 am with my poor sister in tow (for safety), I fumbled in the dark setting up my camera and tripod etc. without any prior experience nor any knowledge on Astrophotography. I had me a whole heap of chilled fun shooting stars whilst my sister quietly dozed in the warm car, but never found Neowise. I have posted two of my first attempts up in Versions.

A kindly fellow photographer also learning the ropes but with far more advanced in experience, arranged a meet-up at 10pm up on the Downs to help me along. By then I had watched many YouTube tutorials as well.

This is one of my 'Happy' results. The glow is coming up from Brighton as I was facing South from our position.
I am very happy to receive your comments and crits on this image and thank you for looking and reading this long blurb. Smile

Tags: General Stars Astrophotography Night and low light comet neowise

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2020 7:27PM
Beautiful images, well seen.
Isabel GrinGrin
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
12 Oct 2020 9:09PM
Better than I can do! Well done Disee!
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
12 Oct 2020 10:40PM
The lead shot is my favourite!
Nice one.

Arne
Disee Plus
11 25 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2020 10:29AM
Thank you so much for your lovely comments Isabel, Peter and Arne Smile
Disee Plus
11 25 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2020 10:29AM
Peter, many thanks for the award - bless you.Smile
alfpics Plus
18 374 4 England
13 Oct 2020 5:20PM
This is nice and light from Brighton has added to this IMO.

Would this be taken from the car park a the Jack & Jill windmills by any chance? I went there when Neowise was around, but difficult to get a good view from there; in part due to Gatwick lights I think. Devil's Dyke was a better viewpoint - only another 7-8000 years to wait for another chance!

I downloaded your version 1 image and had a quick play - applying extreme contrast basically - to see if there was a hint of Neowise in it as it was just to the right and to the lower side of the Plough - but no success I'm afraid!
Disee Plus
11 25 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2020 9:54PM

Quote:This is nice and light from Brighton has added to this IMO.

Thank you Andy, very much.

Would this be taken from the car park a the Jack & Jill windmills by any chance?
Yes it is from Jack and Jill, they all are.

I went there when Neowise was around, but difficult to get a good view from there; in part due to Gatwick lights I think. Devil's Dyke was a better viewpoint - only another 7-8000 years to wait for another chance!

Devil's Dyke or others suggested Ditchling Beacon - anyway Neowise is gone but I now have a brand new photo interest.Smile

I downloaded your version 1 image and had a quick play - applying extreme contrast basically - to see if there was a hint of Neowise in it as it was just to the right and to the lower side of the Plough - but no success I'm afraid!


Oh that's a great idea, I'll go through all the images I took, maybe the comet might just be lurking in there somewhere. Again, many thanks for your comment.

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