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2013-05-11 09:00:23 PM
Welcome to Farktography!
This Week's Theme: "Farkstronomy 2"

Description
: Stars, Planets, other celestial bodies, spacecraft, or observational equipment. Difficulty: No streetlights. Note: Stacking and other astrophotography techniques are allowed for astrophotos; HDR and other software enhancements are not - all other normal Farktography rules apply.

We ask that before submitting your photos you read and adhere to the following submission rules, including but not limited to the following:
- Submissions must be photographs; screen captures do not count as photographs.
- You must be the original photographer of your entry. Do not submit anyone else's photography as your own.
- You are only allowed to enter a photograph once. Do not submit the same photo to another contest later.
- You may enter 3 photos in each contest as long as each photo is of a different composition.
- Please post each photo separately so they can be voted for individually.


Please note:
The overarching ideal behind Farktography is that image corrections are acceptable, while adding or removing elements in the image (e.g. removing telephone poles, adding Elvis) is not acceptable. HDR, stitching, or otherwise combining exposures in post processing are not allowed unless specified for a particular theme (multiple exposures done in-camera are acceptable, however). See the rules for more information on acceptable modifications, or check in at the Farktography Forums.

Legal: All photographers submitting photos to this contest are the legal copyright holders for the photos submitted and the photos are not to be considered free for any other use without written consent from the submitting photographers.
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2013-05-11 09:49:17 PM
andysova.com

Comet Pan-STARRS as it passed by a few weeks ago.

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2013-05-11 09:51:48 PM
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Comet Pan-STARRS a little closer the next night.
 
2013-05-11 09:55:40 PM
andysova.com

8 second exposure of the space station flying over head last week.
 
2013-05-11 10:13:16 PM

cinbody.zenfolio.com

"Messier 13"
aka "Great globular cluster in Hercules"

44 images, 60 second exposures @ iso 1600
27 images, 30 second exposures @ iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
Gallery
 
2013-05-11 10:14:16 PM

cinbody.zenfolio.com

"Messier 27"
aka "Dumbbell Nebula"

20 images, 30 second exposures @, iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
Gallery
 
2013-05-11 10:15:17 PM

cinbody.zenfolio.com

"Messier 53"

9 images, 60 second exposures @ iso 1600
13 images, 30 second exposures @ iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
Gallery
 
2013-05-12 01:42:01 AM

Posting after fluffybunny is intimidating. But here goes.

farm8.staticflickr.com

Overhead in the Adirondacks


I spent 3 nights shooting the sky and this was the best I got. There was an astounding amount of light in the sky to the point that shots over the lake looked like it was daylight. Gonna try some different ideas this year.
 
2013-05-12 01:47:40 AM
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Nighttime on Stone Tower in the Allegheny Mts.


Funny story - shortly after i began shooting atop the tower, 3 car loads of people just showed up. I was afraid they were going to be partiers and I'd be awash in booze soaked idiots who were going to ruin my shots. They turned out to be a group from some summer camp looking through a large telescope one of them had. Turned out to be a pretty pleasant group after all...

At least I'm in before linguine, orionid and ravnostic (among others) blow me out of the water...
 
2013-05-12 11:40:19 AM
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Yosemite Valley at Night
 
2013-05-12 11:42:23 AM
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Night Sky at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
 
2013-05-12 11:43:03 AM
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Yosemite Valley at Night
 
2013-05-12 01:59:07 PM
Whirlpool Galaxy


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45 images stacked and processed in Deep Sky Stacker. Scope was a Celestron CPC 1100.

//Hubble has spoiled us.
 
2013-05-12 02:06:11 PM
ISS transiting the solar disk
Wave 'hi' to Chris Hadfield


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6 hours setting up, 3/4 seconds of shooting (I got three frames.)

//Image links to larger version with ISS detail inset.
 
2013-05-12 02:09:12 PM
Obligatory Pan-STARR comet image
Near the crescent moon, with earthshine lunar goodness, over Phoenix shortly after sunset
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2013-05-12 05:28:16 PM

Yugoboy: [farm8.staticflickr.com image 850x565]
...
At least I'm in before linguine, orionid and ravnostic (among others) blow me out of the water...


LOL.  My scope's on blocks.  Don't worry about me.
 
2013-05-12 05:51:44 PM

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Magnetic storm AR 1476, and it's smaller relations AR 1477 and AR 1471 as seen on May 10, 2012. Shot in Hydrogen-alpha and IR spectra on a modified Nikon D50. This storm was roughly eight times the size of Earth.

 
2013-05-12 06:00:02 PM

farm9.staticflickr.com

An Experiment in Urban Star Trails

Using a graduated density filter to tone down the lights on the bridge, I was able to capture star trails over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. 11 1/2 minutes, single exposure.
 
2013-05-12 06:04:36 PM

farm9.staticflickr.com

30 stacked exposures at 2 minutes each, 24mm f/2.8.
 
2013-05-12 08:24:19 PM
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15 sec exposure
 
2013-05-12 08:26:10 PM
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2013-05-12 08:27:45 PM
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2013-05-13 05:43:08 PM
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
 
2013-05-13 05:45:54 PM
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Venus is on the right, Jupiter is on the left.
Sunset at the Doorndraai Game Farm in South Africa (about 200km northwest of Johannesburg)
Taken March 19, 2012
 
2013-05-13 10:56:24 PM
gettysburgcollegeitt.com

41 image composite taken with a 40-year-old RV-6 Dynascope and a Phillips SPC-900 webcam
 
2013-05-13 10:58:44 PM
gettysburgcollegeitt.com
RV-6, SPC900, 2x Barlow.  1098 stacked frames
 
2013-05-13 11:01:29 PM
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Jupiter and Io.
 
2013-05-13 11:11:25 PM
One last one

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/Bows to No Such User, fluffybunny, Yugoboy, Linguine, ravnostic, oi_piss_me_off, Pope Larry and orionid.  (Especially the ISS photo- damn, that's *impressive*)

Really, really want a decent astrophoto rig someday.  Can't justify the $$$ right now.
 
2013-05-13 11:49:32 PM
Whoops- sorry, didn't see the 3-photo limit.  Mods, feel free to delete or disenvotenate the last
 
2013-05-14 11:40:51 AM

orionid: Using a graduated density filter to tone down the lights on the bridge, I was able to capture star trails over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. 11 1/2 minutes, single exposure.


Smart move. I may have to try that! Were you at Kirby Cove? I really have to make the hike down there some time.
 
2013-05-14 09:52:32 PM
caramelofoto.smugmug.com

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Startrails I - @ El Tarillal.

 
2013-05-14 09:53:41 PM
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Startrails II - @ El Tarillal.

 
2013-05-15 12:28:56 AM

Glockenspiel Hero: Whoops- sorry, didn't see the 3-photo limit.  Mods, feel free to delete or disenvotenate the last


mods; delete envotenating on the first, not the last; the moon is a fine one (very!), but the planet shots are far better examples of what one can do with proper software and technique. :o) [and yes, that's Mimas, if my software tells me correctly.]
 
2013-05-15 08:22:44 AM
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Nice
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2013-05-15 08:26:28 AM
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Riomaggiore
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2013-05-15 08:27:49 AM
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Mont St Michel
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2013-05-15 10:08:57 AM

oddmind: orionid: Using a graduated density filter to tone down the lights on the bridge, I was able to capture star trails over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. 11 1/2 minutes, single exposure.

Smart move. I may have to try that! Were you at Kirby Cove? I really have to make the hike down there some time.


I don't actually know where I was.  I was only in San Fran about 12 hours, and I slept for six of those.  It was from the waterfront beach/walkway area near the fishing pier and across from the Exploratorium.
 
2013-05-15 11:01:59 AM
farm8.staticflickr.com
This is a single exposure. I was on the beach shooting the lunar eclipse with my pitiful equipment, meant only for terrestrial shots. The moon was about to slip behind the fog bank, when a friendly dog came over for a scratch, and bumped my tripod in the process. first I cursed, then I decided to keep it--this photo, not the dog. The dog went home with her owner, both unaware that I had a canine photo assistant that morning.
 
2013-05-15 11:08:26 AM
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If the contest had allowed streetlights, then I wouldn't have cropped out a group of them just to the left. They look like the eyeballs blinking in the dark at the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
 
2013-05-15 11:19:47 AM
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Thanks to all for the delicious examples you have provided! This contest has been timely for me, because I'm just starting to THINK about dipping my toes into more serious astrophotography.
 
2013-05-15 12:36:21 PM
i141.photobucket.com

Clear-ish sky over my roof.
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2013-05-15 02:59:01 PM

oddmind: If the contest had allowed streetlights, then I wouldn't have cropped out a group of them just to the left. They look like the eyeballs blinking in the dark at the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.


Oh, you poor guy.
 
2013-05-15 04:33:53 PM
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2013-05-15 09:50:14 PM
Transit of Venus
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June 5, 2012. Won't happen again until 2117. 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with solar filter and eyepiece projection.
 
2013-05-15 10:29:15 PM

I felt like experimenting with our Canon. The result was not pretty. First shot, forgot to go to telephoto, second shot must have moved the camera - got a tele shot of nothing.
I admire all your pictures even more now. Of course I know that better equipment as well as experience helps a lot.

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Not worthy of voting.
 
2013-05-15 11:01:57 PM
Orion Nebula
farm8.staticflickr.com

300mm lens and a bit of a crop
 
2013-05-16 12:25:34 AM
Tossing snowballs at Satan, from the looks of the competition; but here goes...
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2013-05-16 12:32:14 AM
#2 (with voting!)

/mods, please remove the previous post. Thanks
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2013-05-16 12:36:37 AM
#3 (really wanted to toss in my Orion Nebula shot, but that's already been covered...so here's another nebula in Orion)
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2013-05-16 12:40:00 AM
*note: all 3 entries shot with DSLR and telephoto lens; no telescope.
 
2013-05-16 12:42:49 AM

chupathingie: #3 (really wanted to toss in my Orion Nebula shot, but that's already been covered...so here's another nebula in Orion)
[farm8.staticflickr.com image 800x530]


My Orion isn't half as good as your horsehead!!
 
2013-05-16 12:45:11 AM

Elsinore: chupathingie: #3 (really wanted to toss in my Orion Nebula shot, but that's already been covered...so here's another nebula in Orion)
[farm8.staticflickr.com image 800x530]

My Orion isn't half as good as your horsehead!!


Thanky! :)
 
2013-05-16 12:51:26 AM
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Looking towards the center of the Milky Way
 
2013-05-16 12:55:34 AM
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Looking north
 
2013-05-16 12:59:04 AM
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A little aurora pr0n for you all
 
2013-05-16 01:39:57 AM

Previously posted...
i15.photobucket.com


Wandered out of the house to take this with smartphone pressed against telescope eyepiece.
/first time trying cell and tele combo. results are good.


21 Jan 2013 10:27 PM
 
2013-05-16 01:43:30 AM

Torion!: Previously posted...
[i15.photobucket.com image 850x566]


Wandered out of the house to take this with smartphone pressed against telescope eyepiece.
/first time trying cell and tele combo. results are good.


21 Jan 2013 10:27 PM


Nice! Try shooting video as well; there are lots of programs out there that will stack frames and leave you with even sharper images.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:26 AM
Will try video next.
need to learn stacking.
and how to hold a camera steady over an eyepiece.

/thanks!
 
Xoc
2013-05-16 02:05:04 AM
grr.xoc.net
Transit of Venus June 5th, 2012, from Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Shot with a cell phone camera through the eyepiece of a 5 inch telescope with a dobsonian mount.
 
2013-05-16 02:10:22 AM
Moonrise over the Absaroka Mountains. Taken near Livingston, MT.

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2013-05-16 02:11:04 AM
International Space Station passing in front of the Big Dipper. Taken in Emigrant, MT.

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2013-05-16 02:13:56 AM
Venus transiting the Sun. Taken in Fullerton, CA, handheld through a welding helmet.

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2013-05-16 06:15:19 AM
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M81 and M82 - Canon t1i (unmodded), Celestron C6SGT, 60 frames/2 minutes each @ ISO 800 stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
 
2013-05-16 07:18:37 AM
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2013-05-16 07:40:08 AM
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2013-05-16 09:49:16 AM
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Orion, January 14, 2013
 
2013-05-16 10:09:26 AM

Torion!: Will try video next.
need to learn stacking.
and how to hold a camera steady over an eyepiece.



Deep Sky Stacker does some great work there, and I do tutorials in Hangouts on G+ every once and a while (the user manual is horrible but it's easy to use once you figure it out. And there are mounts for non-dslrs for attaching to scopes; I believe there's one for i-Phones as well.

chupathingie: #3 (really wanted to toss in my Orion Nebula shot, but that's already been covered...so here's another nebula in Orion)
[farm8.staticflickr.com image 800x530]


Two, actually; the brighter of the pair is the Flame Nebula, IIRC, and I agree with Else; its very nice work.
 
2013-05-16 10:22:41 AM

ravnostic: Obligatory Pan-STARR comet image
Near the crescent moon, with earthshine lunar goodness, over Phoenix shortly after sunset
[fossilspringsaz.com image 850x567]


This is gorgeous...
 
2013-05-16 12:01:48 PM

Queen Mab: ravnostic: Obligatory Pan-STARR comet image
Near the crescent moon, with earthshine lunar goodness, over Phoenix shortly after sunset
[fossilspringsaz.com image 850x567]

This is gorgeous...


Thanks so much! After I took that one and posted it on FB EarthSky.org and it went semi-viral for a while. I figured I had to use it here, even though there was no telescope involved. :o)
 
2013-05-16 03:21:13 PM
Came looking for a picture of the Milky Way and leaving dissapointed.

:(
 
2013-05-16 03:24:50 PM
well hells bells, I guess I need new glasses.

/found the Milky Way
 
2013-05-16 07:04:39 PM

msticaries79: well hells bells, I guess I need new glasses.

/found the Milky Way


I should hope so!
/taps foot, acts impatient
 
2013-05-18 09:17:59 PM
You guys never fail to bring your A-games--gorgeous stuff this week! I'd like to take a moment to welcome Farktography First Timer Glockenspiel Hero as well as extend a warm welcome back to some folks we hadn't seen in awhile: oi_piss_me_off, Satanus Maximus, SoCalChris, and Xoc.  Hope to see all of you back next week!

Results aren't final until the thread is closed, but at this point, congrats to top finishers Linguine, chupathingie, emiliogtz, and ravnostic!  Final winner will be praised and adulated at farktography.net and in the Fark Farktography Forum, as always.

See everyone next week for "Monochromatic Masterpieces"!
 
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