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Milky Way

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by Todd_D1x, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Todd_D1x


    Feb 23, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Sorry for my absence but I have been working quite a bit and not doing much photography.I soon hope to change that. I went out of town this weekend and took my camera (D2h) and my telescope mount, the Celestron CG-5 and photographed the Milkw Way, well part of it. Here are the results.
    I used my Nikon D2h digital camera w/ 50mm F/1.4 set @ F/2 lens and three 2.5 minute exposures on the Cygnus shot, the other shot of the Sagittarius Star cloud was same exposure but with the 85mm F/1.4 set @ F/2 also. The images were aligned and combined using Images Plus.

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    Comments welcome

  2. Todd, these are fantastic! It is a realm of photography I hope to try one day. I've got the telescopes but not the camera mounting nor tracking mechanisms.

    Glad to see you're back to shooting. I enjoyed your work over at dpr (like the olive oil bottle with the nice backdrop) :)  I've been a lurker there for over a year. Glad I found this place though. As you can see, I'm quite the opposite of a lurker here. ;) 

    Keep posting more. You have fans out there!
  3. Todd_D1x


    Feb 23, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Hi Kevin, I am glad you liked the images of the milky way. I was nice to get out and shoot more astrophotos especially after getting my camera back from being repaired: (dead meter). Well I hope you get a chance to shoot some sky imagery soon, it is fun to do. Let me know if I can help.


  4. Awesome photos. I'd love to delve into this kind of photography as well.
  5. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Wow! Todd, those are really, REALLY fantastic!

    I have attempted to afix my camera to my telescope mount to get some tracking action, but it was no good from my location - the city lights completely overwhelm the stars (everything is red.) The mount and stand for my Maksutov is so heavy, I'd hate to try and relocate it. I took my Dob to the boonies a while back, but only accomplished some drawings (obviously.)

    I still hope to be able to do some tracked photography, but I think I'll need to invest in a small, accurate tracking device that I could attach a camera to and take with me out of town.

    Any suggestions? I have considered building a clockwork and screw driven platform, but I don't know if those would be accurate enough. Probably for 10 minutes or so, huh?

    In any event, I could just be content to look at your photos - they are beautiful!

    (Here, by the way, is my drawing of the Lagoon.)
  6. Todd_D1x


    Feb 23, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Thanks Justin for the comments, let me know if you need help getting started with this area of Photography.


  7. Todd_D1x


    Feb 23, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Wow thanks Chris for you post. I have enjoyed astronomy as a hobby for 20 or so years now. I have a 8-inch newtonian and a 16-inch dob for my visual observing. It is hard to get shots of the sky while in the city that's for sure!!! Your sketch of M8 was nicely done. I also sketch objects as seen through the eyepiece and I also wrote an article on how to do it for the bi-monthly Reflector magazine. I have not yet sketched the lagoon but here is the link and an example of my sketches:

    Example 1 NGC 253

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    Example 2 M82

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    And last but not least, the Skull nebula!

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    I drew this several years ago during the month of October as a halloween theme that I hung up in the break room where I used to work, it got allot of attention and was quite fun. Any way here is the link to all of my photography if you care to take a look: www.pbase.com/todd991

    Take care Chris and if you want to sketch black on white like I do, I'll give you al list of the tools I use to so they look like mine. I'll try to dig up a copy of that article and give you a copy as well. Talk to you later dude,


  8. Todd, I have always enjoyed your photography and these latest celestial shots are a good demonstration of why. Unique and well done.
  9. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I am speachless...

    wow what photography.
  10. Simon


    Apr 30, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    I love space

    I wish I was out there sometimes :p 

    Love your pics - we should take MORE care of our wonderful bit of space right here.

    Thanks for the share.
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