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KingArthur 14 8 Malta
22 Apr 2021 9:57AM
Wow what a beauty, looks like a great lens

Joe Smile
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
22 Apr 2021 10:00AM
stunning
FabioKeiner 8 111 1 Austria
22 Apr 2021 10:17AM
wonderful
Minty805 Plus
4 42 9 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 10:30AM
I can't imagine how that could be improved to any great degree, and if that's at the bottom of your garden, I'm very envious! A superb, well constructed and executed image.
Allan
Nigel_NZ 15 26 2 New Zealand
22 Apr 2021 11:16AM
Splendid image Simon, that looks like decent set up you have there, especially if there can be some jiggery pokery in collecting all the images together.
Well rugged up for a frosty night, but absolutely worth every shivery minute, well done, I like this.
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
22 Apr 2021 12:04PM
Very pleasing result, I have shortlisted this for award. I remember being able to watch the night sky when light pollution was far, far less that what it is half a century later. I know some Pentax models have a built in astrotracker function, it would be good to look for one sold seperately, with your location being such a good spot for astrophotography, I think it cut catapult your attempts to shoot far more successful images.
Bravo!
pablophotographer
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
22 Apr 2021 12:33PM
Glorious.
22 Apr 2021 12:48PM
That’s a stunning capture.

Karen
RLF Plus
11 18 4 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 1:20PM
Brilliant shotSmile
UA tomorrow Wink
Rob
cooky Plus
17 6 3 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 1:44PM
What a winner! All been said above Simon!

Take care.
Kath
viscostatic 14 49 10 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 4:47PM
A beautiful result.

Phil.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 5:05PM
I know nothing about astrophotography, Simon, but I do know that I am in awe of your production of this image. It caught my attention straight away, with the land and sky almost mirroring each other, the delightful pastel tones throughout and the other-worldly feeling it gives me. How wonderful to be able to capture this in your own garden. I have no hesitation in giving it a GEA.
22 Apr 2021 7:16PM
Beautifully taken, enchanting image.

Lory Smile
gpimages Plus
10 65 2 England
23 Apr 2021 7:58AM
This is a great result of your efforts Simon.
Graham Wink
BarbaraR 15 1.0k 1 England
23 Apr 2021 10:09AM
Truly awesome !
Very well done.

B. Smile
BobinAus Plus
5 3 10 Australia
24 Apr 2021 12:29PM
A beautiful picture, especially for (what I gather is) a first attempt. I can’t add anything substantive to the comments of Pamela Jean and others above. On the internet you will easily find lots of guidance about ways to reduce noise and to shorten the exposure time, both of which will help to render the stars more sharply and crisply. Regarding PabloPhotographer’s comment about the astrotracer function of Pentax cameras, note that some models require the use of an auxiliary GPS unit. Also the astrotracer function (i.e. moving the sensor to follow the apparent movement of the stars) will blur the foreground, terrestrial part of the scene. You’ll find post processing techniques for dealing with that problem on the internet also. Hope this helps. Bob
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
24 Apr 2021 1:41PM

Quote:..the astrotracer function (i.e. moving the sensor to follow the apparent movement of the stars) will blur the foreground, terrestrial part of the scene. You’ll find post processing techniques for dealing with that problem on the internet also. Hope this helps. Bob


I think this exact location would not suffer from it Bob (unless it is a capture of substantial time) as the closer to the camera rocks will be in a much tighter angle than the stars far away on the sky. It could be a problem if the land on the horizon had mountains, but if all you have in the background is sea, or ocean not much of dramatic movement will be there.
BobinAus Plus
5 3 10 Australia
25 Apr 2021 12:17PM

Quote:
Quote:..the astrotracer function (i.e. moving the sensor to follow the apparent movement of the stars) will blur the foreground, terrestrial part of the scene. You’ll find post processing techniques for dealing with that problem on the internet also. Hope this helps. Bob


I think this exact location would not suffer from it Bob (unless it is a capture of substantial time) as the closer to the camera rocks will be in a much tighter angle than the stars far away on the sky. It could be a problem if the land on the horizon had mountains, but if all you have in the background is sea, or ocean not much of dramatic movement will be there.



You could be right, Pablo. I don´t have enough experience with astrotracer to know in which kind of settings the blurring of the foreground (clouds too despite my use of ‘terrestrial’) would be unacceptable. As you wrote, it will depend on the length of the exposure. Bob

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