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Nightfly
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The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!!
      #5871985 - 05/19/13 05:08 PM Attachment (71 downloads)

Assembled from a sequence of four 60 minute exposures in September 2011, this panorama extends from Scutum through Aquila and Cygnus, to Cepheus.

A pentax 67 with 105mm lens captured each panel on one night. The camera rode atop an equatorially mounted telescope while I hand guided and watched for aircraft, capping the lens and noting the additional time needed for equal exposure time of each frame.

Assembled successfully here for the first time in preparation for a very large print to be exhibited locally.


Larger Version Here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59003880/Milky%20Way%204Four%20Panel.jpg


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THEPLOUGH
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5872207 - 05/19/13 06:49 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Jim that is amazing, it will certainly be an eye catcher at any exhibition...

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Doppler
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #5872281 - 05/19/13 07:35 PM

Absolutely beautiful, especially to those who understand the difficulties of producing something of that magnitude!! Jim, I can grasp the aircraft watch, but what about satellites, meteorites, etc., can you erase them in PS or something (if one sneaks in)?

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Jeff Phinney
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Doppler]
      #5872305 - 05/19/13 07:44 PM

Jim, that photo is simply fantastic.
Can't help but being marveled by the 3 dimensional effect of the obscuring dark clouds.


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Nightfly
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Jeff Phinney]
      #5874423 - 05/20/13 06:48 PM

Thank you Geoff, Doppler, and Jeff.

Doppler, because the film and lens aperture are so slow most satellites don't leave an impression. The image accumulation is very slow. I do get an Iridium now and then, but not too often.

Jeff, The star clouds have so much detail within them and I often see many imagers making the contrast absurdly high to reveal the subtleties.

I often have to put up with someone pulling the image down and reworking the contrast, then posting it back on the thread to reveal a "better" image.


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PaulEK
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Reged: 05/25/08

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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5874548 - 05/20/13 08:04 PM

Jim:

I know what you mean about 'improved' images. Especially in the digital forums (DLR and CCD, both here and elsewhere) some folks often take things to an extreme, trying to 'bring out' detail in a way that I find jarring and 'unrealistic'. Astrophotography is an art in which one wants to show details that might be difficult or impossible to see with the eye (like the colors of nebulae), while at the same time creating an image that looks like a sky that we might see. This is particularly true in wide shots of large chunks of sky. There is of course subtlety involved, and different tastes, but some shots just seem obviously false. And details are usually lost, not gained, in over-processing.

Here is another image that shows that you've mastered the balance!


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Giorgos
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5875905 - 05/21/13 01:19 PM

Great pic James! Congratulations!!!

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timb
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Giorgos]
      #5876826 - 05/21/13 07:57 PM

Amazing work

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Nebhunter
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5877360 - 05/22/13 02:49 AM

Your craft takes shape Jim. More postings in the Fine Arts America site and this worthy mosaic will be available as a print?

Igor


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Doppler
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nebhunter]
      #5877758 - 05/22/13 10:56 AM

James, beautiful stuff on the Fine Arts site (I just ordered a print of "Solitude") - I only see one astrophoto there (and it is nice!), but I thought I saw more of your AP for sale somewhere else? Greg

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Nightfly
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Doppler]
      #5877996 - 05/22/13 01:03 PM

Thank you Greg. Enjoy the print! Solitude has been well received. I am planning on adding more astrophotos to the site soon. I'm picky on the scans.

Thanks again!

James


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Doppler
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5878051 - 05/22/13 01:24 PM

Sorry to all that this is off topic, but I have to say, regarding "Solitude", that horizon is the epitome of "mesmerising"!!

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/solitude-james-cormier.html


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Mr. Bill
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Doppler]
      #5878107 - 05/22/13 01:55 PM

Nice panorama....looks like what I see scanning MW with 5 inch binoculars.

Also like this....

http://home.arcor-online.de/axel.mellinger/


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Nightfly
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5898211 - 06/02/13 05:18 PM

Thank you Mr. Bill. Yes, I can imagine the view through 5" binocs! I do well with my 7x50's with many barnard objects realized. It's amazing how much can be seen under a dark sky.

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ukcanuck
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5901163 - 06/04/13 05:45 AM

Not just a great image, but a stunning display of patience, talent & skill behind the scenes.

Wow. Just...Wow.


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Nebhunter
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5902880 - 06/04/13 11:02 PM

Jim if you could pull off a mosaic this summer - it would rock the CN contest.

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Doppler
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nebhunter]
      #5905587 - 06/06/13 09:48 AM

I hope I am not spilling the beans, but I see that James put it on Fine Art America:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-northern-milky-way-james-cormier.html


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Nightfly
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Doppler]
      #5913015 - 06/10/13 12:46 PM

Just wait until you see the 25 x 72 inch print that I am ordering for an exhibit! I'll have to stand next to it and get a shot to post here. Stay tuned.....

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THEPLOUGH
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: Nightfly]
      #5913819 - 06/10/13 07:19 PM

Looking forward to that...

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Michal1
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Re: The Great Rift: Four Frame Mosaic !!!! new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #5914544 - 06/11/13 05:48 AM

I'm late, but I can't leave this without a comment. Phenomenal photo! It had to be a hard work to put the mosaic together.

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