My first attempt at milky way and RAW with D5100

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Shunda77
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My first attempt at milky way and RAW with D5100
Apr 6, 2013

I took these last night after work, I didn't get home till after 11:00pm so a late dinner :), but it really was a captivating evening.

What do you think? I processed them in a trial version of elements 11.

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A. Westreich
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In reply to Shunda77, Apr 6, 2013

They are nice shots but look like they have a green cast on my MacAir monitor.

BTW, it looks upside down from where I'm sitting. 

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Is that first picture 30 sec SS at ISO 25600???  Holy smokes!!

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I'm impressed with what you got in 30 sec. considering aperture.
(btw, I use Elements 11 with a D3200.)

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Darryl E Mylrea wrote:

Is that first picture 30 sec SS at ISO 25600???  Holy smokes!!

I just did it for a bit of fun and next thing you know, out pops a usable image

It was a really enjoyable evening of experimentation.

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David Thornburg wrote:

I'm impressed with what you got in 30 sec. considering aperture.
(btw, I use Elements 11 with a D3200.)

The sky was incredibly clear just after a storm front went through, the twinkles were more like flashes! it was really quite something.

Good ole southern hemisphere sky!

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Shunda77 wrote:

I took these last night after work, I didn't get home till after 11:00pm so a late dinner :), but it really was a captivating evening.

What do you think? I processed them in a trial version of elements 11.

Looks brilliant to me. I think some PP would help. but still I'd be really happy if it were mine

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In reply to Shunda77, Apr 8, 2013

Excellent first attempts. How did you control the noise? Did you use long exposure NR or a manual dark frame? Care to provide a 100% crop? I always shoot my wide field astro at base ISO on the D90, and have typically used the 50 1.8d wide open to fit in a whole constellation. Certainly wouldn't mind an extra 7 stops if post you can get decent results in post.

I envy you for your dark skies.

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Sammy Yousef wrote:

Excellent first attempts. How did you control the noise? Did you use long exposure NR or a manual dark frame?

I think it was both, I was in full manual mode and I had the camera shoot a dark frame after each shot. I really was just experimenting and was pleasantly surprised at getting a usable ISO 25000 image

I always shoot my wide field astro at base ISO on the D90, and have typically used the 50 1.8d wide open to fit in a whole constellation. Certainly wouldn't mind an extra 7 stops if post you can get decent results in post.

In post I slid the shadow slider right back and it seemed to clean up the image nicely, other than that I didn't do much else to it other than correct the colour a wee bit.

I envy you for your dark skies.

We get some great dark skies where I am.

I think the part of the milky way I shot above isn't  actually visible in the northern hemisphere, if you look closely you can see the southern cross (on its side) and the coal sack nebula just beside it, there is also another couple of nebula toward the top which I got a few tele pics of with my 55-300.

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