Astrophotography – Landscape

Star Trail Image from field near Streethay, near Lichfield, Staffs, UK, 3/7/2019 @ 23:02

My first ever star trail image – Damian and I went out into a field @ Streethay, near Lichfield.

Andy

Photo taken using my Sony A58 DSLR camera, 50mm prime lens F1.9, 10 min single exposure:

Following Damian’s advice, I took multiple 30 sec exposures 50mm prime lens, F2.2, using my Sony A58 DSLR on Damian’s tripod, and stacked them using GIMP2 to produce the following image of star trails around the Pole Star:

Above image, brightened a bit in GIMP2 below:

 

Noctilicent clouds seen on way near Whittington near Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK, 27/6/19 @ 23:21

On my way home from work in Tamworth last night, I saw these noctilicent clouds looking towards Lichfield. I only had my Sony Xperia ™ L1 phone with which to take photos so quality is poor but this is first time I have seen them this year!

Images below unprocessed except the first image which has been processed slightly using Photo Editor Pro on Xperia L1 and the other brighter one where attempt at processing slightly using the Sony Xperia L1’s inbuilt photo editor.

Andy

Photo taken on Sony Xperia L1 phone, processed in GIMP2:

Photo taken on Sony Xperia L1 phone, processed slightly using Photo Editor Pro on Xperia L1:

Photo taken on Sony Xperia L1 phone, unprocessed images:

Photo taken on Sony Xperia L1 phone, processed slightly using the Sony Xperia L1’s inbuilt photo editor:

Photo taken on Sony Xperia L1 phone, unprocessed images:

Fading Noctilucent Clouds

Popped out for a quick session on Friday night and there was a lovely Noctilucent Cloud formation to the North, so I popped my camera on a tripod and recorded it.

The video above was using a Canon SL1 at 22mm f4 taking 265 shots between 23:49 and 00:30. I used Pixinsight for a curves tweak and some unsharp masking and then Videopad to string it all together and add a bit of music.

The red light in the foreground for part of it is me setting up the dob. It doesn’t really add to the ambience- but it led a pretty good session despite needing to do a bit of cloud dodging. Finally got the Binoviewers dialled in for some good views of the Double Double, Izar, Albireo, M29 and M57. Really surprised that at similar magnification they outperformed my 7mm Celestorn X-Cel Eyepiece- the split on Izar was really clear, and the companion was a vivid blue, wheras the Celestron had them fuzzier and less colourful. Even Saturn came out to play- and despite hugging the horizon, the seeing gave me glimpses of the Cassini division plus Titan, Rhea, Dione and Enceladus. Best of all was M13- it resolved close to the core, but with tails everywhere- it looked like a ball of wool after a kitten’s been at it!

Mercury25/02/19

With clear skies over the next two evenings Mercury makes a good target as it approaches greatest eastern elongation (on27th) visible from approx. 18:15 till 19:00, looking to the west south west and with a good clear horizon, try spotting it with binoculars first.

All images taken with Canon 450D on tripod, cable shutter release , manual focus, all 1600 !SO  with Sigma 150 – 500 mm zoom lens.

 

 

 

 

F10, 1.6″ 150mm, atmospheric lighting courtesy of street lights.

 

 

F8,0.8″, 150mm

 

 

F8, 1/8″, 200mm

 

 

Up close and personal at F8, 0.8″, 500mm

 

Unfortunately didn’t have a photogenic church steeple to hand!