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    night photos

    I've been doing some night photography of ruins and petroglyphs. Spent some time wandering around Comb Ridge the other week and scored this one of the Procession Panel.
    Seems like this might good group interested in this kinda thing.
    Any one doing anything similar? Like to see some more.

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    thanks for the appreciation!
    here's another from the same trip

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    Nice stuff.
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    Sweet! Thanks for posting.

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    thanks for the appreciation!
    I'll post more as they come. if anyone wants to share what they think might be a cool site for night photos of ruin/rock ar I'm always looking for new places and ideas!

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    Went into the San Rafael Swell the other night and got another image.
    This was my first attempt at a panorama of the night sky.
    Kinda hard while standing there in the pitch blackness.
    but pretty pleased with the results.
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    Keep 'em coming!

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    Zodiacal light from road to Rock Creek, CA

    Zodiacal light from road to Rock Creek, CA; I was testing my skills at night shots prior to a fall trip to Alaska, whence I might photograph Aurora. Camera is Nikon D3300. Lens was Tokina wide angle zoom at 12mm F2.8. Exposure was 30 sec ISO 6400.
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    No ruins, but some Milky Way as per a few previous posts.
    I shot this Friday night in the cinder cones north of Flagstaff (hence the orange glow on the horizon).
    Nikon D5300, 18 mm f 3.5. 10 second exposures at ISO 1600. Produced using PowerDirector 12.
    I really need a full format (FX) camera and a much faster lens, but that's a few thousand dollars I can't spare right now.

    Watch in 1080 full screen if you can.
    YouTube compression introduced a lot of noise that not in the original.

    Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqzSfWyuwYI

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    Here's a few of mine, all shot with my Nikon D7100, and a 70-300.mm zoom lens, NO Telescope.














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    question for "swimswithtrout"

    re the spiral galaxy image,
    how fast was the lens? (actually., can you please provide all the EXIF data?
    was the camera on an equatorial mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_outdoors View Post
    question for "swimswithtrout"

    re the spiral galaxy image,
    how fast was the lens? (actually., can you please provide all the EXIF data?
    was the camera on an equatorial mount?
    I can't provide EXIF data, beause these are all stacked images, using DSS. The camera was on an extremely simple tracking mount.

    The individual "sub-frame" exposures run from 30 sec as in the M13 globular cluster shot, up to 180 sec like the Cygnus star cloud shot. Total integration time ranges from 45 min to 1 1/2 hrs. All but the Cygnus star cloud, were shot at f5.6, ISO 1600. The Cygnus shot was at f5, ISO 400.

    The galaxy shot,M51, is 1 hr 20 min of 120 sec sub-frames. 70-300mm zoom at 240mm,f5.6.

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    it might be interesting for at least a few readers to hear more about DSS (whatever that is) and the integration process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_outdoors View Post
    it might be interesting for at least a few readers to hear more about DSS (whatever that is) and the integration process.
    Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) is the de facto standard for a free astro photography stacking program. It takes your individual "sub frames" and then registers and stacks them all on top of each other with just a couple of mouse clicks.

    Many people get confused and think that stacking will yield a brighter image, when in fact, it yields an image no brighter than your brightest single sub. What stacking does do, is GREATLY reduce the noise in your image, allowing you to pull out the faint details that would be all but invisible with one single exposure. The more images you stack, the greater the noise gets reduced.

    Stacking works wonders, even with simple fixed tripod/ long exposure situations.That's how I got hooked.

    Here's the link to the DSS download. http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html

    Here's my camera on it's "tracking" mount and tripod.

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    those deeper sky shots are fantastic. It's amazing what you can do now with some simple gear. Thanks for sharing. This is on my list as something to pursue!
    Here's another I did about a year at Hovenweep's Cutthroat Castle

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    Really amazing stuff. I'd be interested is what kind of post processing you are doing and if you are doing any light painting on the rock art and ruins.
    We must go forward, even if we can't!

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