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Offline WelshCaver95

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First go at Astrophotography
« on: 20:34:29, 27 March, 2017 »
Hello all, first post here. Having been recently given a Canon 1000d modified for astrophotography by my father who is currently on the forums under the username "clive", I then started using the camera to do macro shots and shots of inside the caves I visit in the Black Mountains at the westerly side of Brecon Beacon National Park. I decided to have a go at astrophotography as I still have an interest in astronomy, having owned a 6" reflector when I was younger. Anyway I purchased a faulty Canon EF 100-300mm F4.6 lens at a excellent price of 13 pound as it only works on F4 aperture, although not a very fast lens I decided I could try and shoot the M42 with it, So after learning a good bit off my father, I then headed out to Betws mountain range to try and get away from light pollution armed with my fathers tripod and Polarie star tracker, I did question myself would the tracker work at 300mm focal length as my camera is an APS-C sensor cropping it to 1.6x the focal length effectively making it a 160-480mm lens, after I set the tracker up I did a 30 second exposure, I was amazed instantly how good a DSLR could capture the photos of something so far away with decent quality for such little money, after all the camera was given to me and I used my father equipment. In the end I decided to do 30 second exposures at ISO 800 and 1600, I cant remember the end result of the M42 but its about 12minutes of data. I also took an old Miranda 28mm F2.8 lens converted to Canon EF fit, I then did single exposures of the double cluster and Perseus just for the fun of it I think they were about 3 minutes of data.

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Re: First go at Astrophotography
« Reply #1 on: 20:41:15, 27 March, 2017 »
Welcom brenden to the foram  nice work   clear skys

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Re: First go at Astrophotography
« Reply #2 on: 02:46:34, 28 March, 2017 »
Great first start Brenden,

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Re: First go at Astrophotography
« Reply #3 on: 06:23:01, 28 March, 2017 »
Some nice wide field shots welcome to the forum. ATB Jim
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Re: First go at Astrophotography
« Reply #4 on: 19:47:29, 29 March, 2017 »
Thanks for the warm welcomes chaps  :D


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