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#1 konzy

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:57 AM

Yesterday evening, I couldn't find sleep, thanks to the many happy Croatian football fans living here, in Munich frown.gif So I decided find some peace by watching the stars from my balcony. With my binoculars, I found Andromeda quite easily, which surprised me, since I was basically in the middle of a major German city and surrounded by city lights. So I decided to take a few pictures and see how it goes!

 

I can't see Polaris from my balcony, so I didn't try setting up the mount. I simply used a tripod, my camera (Fujifilm X-T1) and the Samyang 135mm f/2. I could see easily Andromeda in the live view (which surprised me once again!).

 

Here is the result! smile.gif I'm quite happy given the poor setup and the quick & dirty approach.

 

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Lights: ~300x1.5" ISO 1600 f/2.8

Darks: ~100

No bias/flat

Stacked with DSS, processed lightly with PS


Edited by konzy, 12 July 2018 - 06:58 AM.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:47 AM

Outstanding!


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:08 AM

Nice, did that with just a tripod in the middle of Munich! Pretty much how Andromeda looks through my 14"... If I could fit Andromeda in one FOV.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:15 AM

Beautiful work.
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#5 konzy

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:23 AM

Thanks guys! :) I need to find a dark side out of town to make better pictures. My balcony is nice and cozy, but not very suited for astro work...



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:00 AM

Great work! I didn't realize that 1 1/2 second subs could yield that much data.



#7 konzy

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

Thanks Jerobe! Well, me neither. Andromeda is much brighter than I thought. At 1am, it was around 55Β°. And I was just at ISO 1600 and f/2.8, to limit the noise and vignetting, and increase sharpness.



#8 Ken Sturrock

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:42 AM

Beautiful image. Wrong Forum. Moving from Beginners' to Beginning & Intermediate Imaging.



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:27 PM

This is really inspiring. I've been struggling with Andromeda as a beginner the past week and can't decide if I'm better served with ISO800/60sec or 1600/60sec. I'm just on a Nikon D5300 and 18-105mm kit lens though. Processing kicks my ****, I'm a bit color-blind. Anyway, this looks really great!


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 03:42 AM

Thanks Ken! Sorry for posting in beginners, I actually didn't know about the other forum, that is indeed more suited.

 

Apposl, I think trial and error is your best friend! From my readings, the best ISO range for astro is usually between 800 and 1600, but it depends on the camera you're using. For mine, 800 seems to give better results, but sometimes 1600 is a better option if I need a faster shutter speed.

For processing, that might be tricky for a color blind person, indeed. I'm sure you're not the only one though, and it might be interesting to ask how other people process their pictures! They might have some interesting tips to share :)

 

Good luck!



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:54 AM

Your balcony is truly excellent!

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(Too bad for Croatia: it was the best team but soccer is soccer and VAR or no VAR referees make mistakes...)

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 05:20 PM

Nice image. I keep hearing great things about that lens. I wish someone would market an autofocus attachment for it. I would love to try it with my QSI 683 ws.


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 03:36 AM

Thanks guys!

 

Peter: I believe Munich doesn't have a huge light pollution, compared to other major cities. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'd be able to see M31 with binos.

 

(I'm sad for Croatia, they made an outstanding world cup and really would have deserved a star on their shirt. They really fought like lions, but probably suffered from their 3 overtimes. Being French, I'm also very happy for France of course, and though they were not the most flamboyant team, I agree with some analysis out there: they had a very pragmatic approach overall, a very good team spirit, and talented players that learnt how to play with each others. The French really created a team from scratch in this worldcup, and I can't wait to see how far it can go now! But that's football, it's unpredictable and that worldcup definitely was!)

 

Pat, this lens is excellent optically. I read many reviews and saw a lot of people praising this lens, I had to try it! It's also an excellent lens for portrait (easier to use with a mirrorless than a DSLR, due to the manual focus), very sharp and beautiful bokeh.

 

I believe I saw people using a focusing system with this lens. I'm not really familiar with this, but perhaps the question has already been asked there?


Edited by konzy, 17 July 2018 - 03:37 AM.



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