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#1 C11NoNews

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:03 AM

Hello everyone,

this week-end I went to the observatory and shot a short video... I spent the evenings this week editing it and then I uploaded it to Youtube...

Here you go with the link :

http://www.astronomi...atoire-en-video

Comments are very welcome.

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#2 rockethead26

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

Cedric,

Impressive observatory, spectacular images and a very, very well done video. I enjoyed watching the entire show.

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#3 JoseBorrero

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

wow.. what a night! :waytogo:

I do same way with the teamviewer, except no roll-off roof, I just have a cover and that's it.. Thanks for share!

very informative! Apart from a garage door opener what else is need it?

#4 C11NoNews

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

Thanks a lot for the nice comments.

Apart from the garage door opener I used an electronic interface (relay box) I can control remotely to open/close the roof.

Best regards,
Cédric

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

Very nice. A good example of what I hope to build someday. Thanks

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

I can't wait for the sequel! Nice job.

#7 C11NoNews

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

Thanks a lot Bart !

JJK : I'm planning to do the "sequel" this summer, with some friends at the obs... Lots of animated timelapses are already planned ;-) Thanks for the nice comment

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

Very nice. I do a fair amount of video work myself. What kind of jib did you use for the vertical pans? Those came out very nice. What did you shoot that with too? Very nice DOF effects.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

Hi rimcrazy,

thanks for the comment. I shot it with :

Canon 550d,
Sigma 30mm 1.4 (short DOP and nice bokeh with that one)
Sigma 17-70mm 2.8

The jib is DIY. It cost only 30 dollars to build! I followed this tutorial to build it:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=dyPvfpouPzk


Best regards,
Cédric

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Great video. I'll be dreaming about an obs like that.
-Jeff

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Very nice video, well done...Great observatory!

#12 C11NoNews

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:42 AM

Thanks a lot Jeff and korborh !

I dreamt about an observatory like that for 3 years before starting building it. Dreams come true, keep dreaming ;-)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

Félicitations Cédric ,il est a rêver ton observatoire !

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

Magnifique!

I also liked your music selections. Who were the artists in the first piece?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:59 AM

The jib is DIY. It cost only 30 dollars to build! I followed this tutorial to build it:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=dyPvfpouPzk


I love it. That is very cool. As obvious from your shots you can get very good results with that. What a great hack. I will have to make myself one of these. Thanks for the link. I shoot with a 7D. Love my Canon. My observatory is coming along. My dome arrives from Technical Innovations on Monday. I'm still probably a few months away from "first light" as there are lots of loose ends to tie up.

Do you have any problems with that exposed chain in the weather? That was the only thing I noticed that kind of surprised me. Perhaps you don't get snow in your area.

Again, a very nice job, both on the video and your observatory.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

Excellent! It must have taken a long time to make that movie and you did a great job on it.

I enjoyed the music too. I am not familiar with that song but it sounds like the band named Yes.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

bouffetout : Thanks for the comment. I like your nickname ;-)

Mirzam : Thanks a lot. Musics are (in order) :

Intro - The XX
Mercury - John Murphy
Broke my eyes - Donkeyboy
Mars - Nick Ingman

rimcrazy : Canon DSLR are really amazing for shooting videos. I love mine too. I'm sure you'll love your beautiful dome too when it arrives home. Take some pictures of it as soon as you have it installed !

LoveChina61 : Thanks !!! I shot it over last week-end, it took me less than two hours to shoot but I spent something like 15 hours on editing (I'm not a good editor but I did what I could).

Thanks all. Best regards,
Cedric

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:49 PM

Very, very, nice! Bravo, Cedric. I hope you will make more videos.

-Rich

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

I really enjoyed watching that.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:56 AM

Starhwk : Thanks a lot for the comment. I am planning to shoot more this summer. If you like this kind of videos let me inform you that a friend of mine is a documentary director and together we made a movie called "Ces fous d'astronomie", which can be translated by "Astronomy maniacs". It's 52mn (we shot 85 hours to make it !!!). It will be launched in France on April this year. We are planning to get it translated into English (with subtitles) if we believe there is a market outside France for it. I would love to sell this DVD in the US, UK... because I'm sure people will love it. If you are interested and/or know people who might be interrested, please let me know !

Wmacky : I'm very happy you liked it ! Thanks.

#21 Jeff Smith

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Great looking Ob Cedric! Love it...

#22 Raginar

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Wow, I just saw this! It's awesome :). Thanks for sharing that with us Cedric!
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#23 Nemesis79

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Awesome video. Was wondering if you have pics- videos of the ROR design as I am getting ready to automate my ROR using a garage door opener much the same way you did. Any thoughts design tips would be great

#24 Aquarellia

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

That´s great Cedric. You did a nice job there, but where's there ? On planet earth ? How, in France probably...
Seriously, I had a very good time, looking at the full video, and surfing in your nice website. Thanks for sharing !

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:55 AM

Very Impressive!

Bravo!

Cheers,






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