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First attempt at shooting the Milky Way #5460014 06/22/20 03:41 PM
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I bought my wife a Nikon D5600 DSLR a few years ago as an anniversary gift, as she had expressed an interest in learning photography. Since then, I think I've taken more pictures with it then she has. No big deal- I have always really enjoyed astrophotography and thought that I'd try to teach myself. I don't have any real gear for it, just the kit lense (18-55mm, f/3.5) and a cheap tripod. I also know nothing regarding photo editing, so I used free stacking and editing software (Sequator for stacking, GIMP for editing). It didn't turn out just amazing (it's really dark), but honestly, it's a bit better than I expected. I have no idea what I'm doing, so getting anything was a plus! I learned a lot though, so hopefully I can get a better lens and venture away from light-polluted Dallas soon.

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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460016 06/22/20 03:45 PM
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Nice picture. You can also try Krita and RawTherapee for editing. They're professional grade and FREE.


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460022 06/22/20 03:50 PM
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Thanks for the advice! I'll have to look into those. I'm not overly enthused with GIMP so far.


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460027 06/22/20 03:59 PM
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My kids, growing up in St. Louis, had seen only a few stars until we were coming back from Banff and driving between Minot and Bismarck late at night after a cold front cleared the air. Actually frightened them, even though they were teenagers. I'd give anything to see a sky like that again.


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460043 06/22/20 04:25 PM
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Very cool!

I dabbled in photography back when Minolta made cameras that used 35mm film...never got anything like that.

I start my day off with this site: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

If you’re a fan of astrophotography, NASA publishes some of the best.


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460075 06/22/20 05:02 PM
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Thank you! I'm very familiar with NASA's pictures- they make up a majority of my electronic wallpapers!


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460081 06/22/20 05:23 PM
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I have the same lens. It focuses past infinity. Kind of a bummer when I try to do a low-light astral shot.

I've gotten good pictures with old f-mount manual focus film camera lenses, but they have a narrower view of the sky.

Perseid meteor shower's coming up in a couple months!

You can also try transit-finder.com to get some pics of the international space station.

Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460094 06/22/20 05:39 PM
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I had the priviledge of attending a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory last summer in West Texas.

https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/

You can see the Milky Way and other constellations there in ways that is impossible almost anywhere else.

Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: gfh77665] #5460105 06/22/20 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by gfh77665
I had the priviledge of attending a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory last summer in West Texas.

https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/

You can see the Milky Way and other constellations there in ways that is impossible almost anywhere else.



The drive out to where the McDonald Observatory is makes for great memories. It reminds you of just how big Texas is. Within one state you have coastal plains, prairies, forests, and mountains. Truly beautiful.

Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460166 06/22/20 07:02 PM
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I agree. Coming from the swamp land of SE TX, it is so refreshing to travel north and west to see the topography change. Texas is an immense and geographically diverse state.

Our favorite road mileage sign is the one we see entering back into Texas from Louisiana. At the LA state line, you see:

"BEAUMONT 23
EL PASO 857"




Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: OilReport99] #5460223 06/22/20 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by OilReport99
Nice picture. You can also try Krita and RawTherapee for editing. They're professional grade and FREE.

Took your advice and tried RawTherapee. I found it a lot easier to use and make meaningful edits with! Here's a second go-round.
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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460241 06/22/20 08:15 PM
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Very cool. You still have a lot of black clipping in this image, but it kind of adds to the ambiance/mystique, so that's fine.

How long was the exposure and ISO? Were you stacking shots with multiple exposures?


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Re: First attempt at shooting the Milky Way [Re: JustN89] #5460266 06/22/20 08:40 PM
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ISO was 6400, exposure 15" mostly. I stacked 65 shots with a mix of 13" and 15" and an ISO of 6400 and 10000, though in retrospect. If I could do things differently, I'd actually go less ISO and I should've taken some pictures with the tree line lit up. I know now for next time.


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Wow that’s really neat. I love capturing the moon and the space station, but this looks like something really fun and interesting to do when the conditions are right.

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I’d say you’re off to a great start with night photography/astrophotography. You have inspired me to get back out and continue learning.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WCf9pRVwKPMjLTo17


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