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  1. #11
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    To me, the first consideration for astro-photography is a dark sky, devoid of as much lunar and terrestrial lighting as possible. The second consideration is clear skies. It doesn't matter how good you are and your equipment is; if the subject isn't clear and in contrast to the background, you're starting at a significant disadvantage. You might be fortunate to have more than three to six nights each year when conditions are really good for deep space photography. These nights typically occur in the cooler months, right after a frontal passage.

    WM


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  2. #12
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    Thanks, WM.

    Totally agree with the "clear sky" necessity. But seems hard to predict the days of clear skies in the trip plans. Can photopills (or other tools) provide such info at certain times and places?

  3. #13
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    First try: the Milky Way shots
    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Thanks, Scott.

    Yeah, I use Darktable (for RAW editing), Gimp, and Nik-collection for the post process. The originally shot images, both raw and jpg, are "extremely" under-exposed. The images I posted already under heavy process (best as I can, but may still miss some). Thank you for the tips and help.
    This is what I was able to do with a few mins in LR, low res jpeg is never easy to work with. ANd much more could be done with the raw file.

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    First try: the Milky Way shots-2020-06-21-22.33.48_01-dt-dfine-vz-outsharp-vzblue-s.jpeg

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    First try: the Milky Way shots-20200621-2020-06-21-22.33.48_01-dt-dfine-vz-outsharp-vzblue-s.jpg

  4. #14
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    WOW! Can't believe my eyes seeing that. Scott, mind sharing some tips on how many and which processes you ran the image? Appreciate. Would like to try and learn with the RAW or fine jpg.

  5. #15
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Thanks, WM.

    Totally agree with the "clear sky" necessity. But seems hard to predict the days of clear skies in the trip plans. Can photopills (or other tools) provide such info at certain times and places?
    Check out the Clear Sky Chart for your area. Humidity, Good Seeing, etc. A night of "good seeing" is when you have a pretty stable atmosphere. ClearDarkSky
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    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8,
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty.

  6. #16
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    Thanks, Dawg. Got it.
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  7. #17
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    First try: the Milky Way shots
    My second try processing the image (still behind Scott's):

    First try: the Milky Way shots-2020-06-21-22.33.48_01-dt-dfine-vz-outsharp-vzblue-s-dt-define.jpg
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  8. #18
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    Improved the contrast on it.
    I go back and edit older images now that I have learned better processing. There is always something to learn, which is one of the things I like about this hobby.
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    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8,
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty.

  9. #19
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    Same to me, Dawg, plus so many helpers here.
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  10. #20
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    Re: First try: the Milky Way shots

    It's a reasonable first try at this. You learned lessons from the process. Have fun trying again!





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