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Amazing sights indeed but to astronomers, all those areas lit up by night lights is what they call Light Pollution. This cancerous growth is killing the ability to study the Universe with telescopes from areas NOT affected by bright lights. FYI, 4/5 of the world;s population live in the Northern Hemisphere and 4/5 of them do not see, any stars, due to this stupid, paranoidal mindset of having to light up every nook and cranny with lights!

While many of you will poo par this post, ask any amateur or prof. astronomer about Light Pollution. They will tell you that the they are loosing their God given right, to see the Milky Way.

The night shots from Space just goes to tell you just how much waste of energy we are wasting at night. There's no need for this. Many nocturnal species are disappearing due to the growth of light at night. In a generation maybe two, no one will see any stars.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 23:45 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Why not for Android smartphones as well?

Where can you get this camera anyway?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 13:15 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

My new PH3 Pro (bought at Xmas last) has only done ~2 hrs flight time, has 4 batteries, CF Gimbal, 16 and 64G SD cards, detachable prop guards and Hardshell backpack is now up for sale. Still under Warranty. Photos supplied to genuine enquirers. Shipping is extra. Any takers? then pls PM me. I live in SE Queensland, Australia

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 4th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)

Can this FF DSLR take other FF lenses other than Ricoh? I'm a bit dubious about their image quality. Does this camera have a Bulb setting? Couldn't see it in the specs.

Re the Starstream feature, 5 mins. is good. Under dark skies at F2.8 with an ISO of say 800, the mind boggles as to the image! but do Ricoh lenses give sharp images at full aperture?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 23:21 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)

This 'starstream' feature has my curiosity. How does it work? What is the min. and max. exposures under the stars for the sensor to 'move' and does it matter what lens it uses to work this feature? Does it have Bulb and can one get a remote fort his camera to keep the shutter open for an hour or two? I do prof. Astrophotoraphy.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:43 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)

Anyone know how the sensor 'moves' in relation to the stars? How long can one exposure to the stars with this feature and what lens will it work with to get the best picture?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:37 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies

When Canon can bring out a 50+ Meg FF sensor @ 20fps with an AF to match that speed and an ISO up to 1,000,000, I might be interested. But for now, I'll use my Instamatic.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 06:47 UTC as 57th comment
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (742 comments in total)

I'd like to see the D5's ISO tests all the way up to its max. DP Review, can you please do some night tests under dark sky conditions of the stars, for instance?

Also, can this camera do 4K video at ALL ISO settings??


Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 23:13 UTC as 122nd comment

Where can I not buy one?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:51 UTC as 39th comment
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

Let's see now.. mirrorless, an ISO up to 1,000,000, FX 80 +meg sensor, 100% AF in night IR vision mode, 100% weather sealed joints, tiltable screen, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and faster than a speeding bullet..

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 07:50 UTC as 144th comment

I attended a wedding recently where the 'pro' snapper was using two smartphones to do a full day shoot. When I asked him why he said.. " ..Why not?! Why spend a fortune on DSLR gear which is bulking and cumbersome when I can shoot two phones at once and still have fun.. " As an ex PJ, I was stunned and shocked by his Gen Y attitude.

FYI, he was no relation to anyone at the gathering either. Don't know why the B&G hired him but I'd say he came cheap. Many journos now use their smartphones to take News pics which are then emailed off to their editor, there and then.

Is it no wonder the Pro Photog. industry is tumbling down?

IMHO smartphones will only get smarter over time and then what? Maybe it's the beginning of the end for the DSLR, who knows?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:59 UTC as 235th comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm announces X-T1 IR for infrared photography (205 comments in total)

If it had Bulb exp. the cam would be a cheap Astro cam to the Nikon 810A to record Nebulae in the 650 ha region?.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

If anyone can bring out a ILC that can do the same job as a pro DSLR for sport and news, then I'm all for it. Otherwise an ILC is just another cheap, amateur camera for teenagers mum, dad kids variety. Long live the DSLR!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 22:03 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies

In pic 7.. it shows the lens is just another amateur trombone style lens. That would be it's weakest point. Over time that style will get loose and easily knocked. Definitely not a pro lens nor would it be weather sealed either. Great for an amateur but not for PJ work.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 04:24 UTC as 23rd comment | 14 replies
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor (255 comments in total)

If this sensor is 120Megs what would its top ISO be...1,000,000? Now that would be something, eh?

Other than that, this sensor would be great for Astrophotography, studio, portrait and landscape.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:29 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies

Not having a tiltable screen like the 60Da has, is a bit daunting if you are imaging near the Zenith and have to get down on all fours to look at the image. I use an USB connection to the PC, control my exposures.

The biggest factor in any camera is the 'noise' that builds up as the sensor gets hotter. So unless you are imaging at temps no more than 20C or lower, no matter what Iso you use, the image will take on noise. But, having a FF sensor this may not be a problem. Either way, I'm getting one.

My 60Da has been doing great for over year now and if the D810A can match or do better, then its winner no matter what others say. Let's see some test images Nikon!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 06:34 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies

Being an astrophotographer for the past 50 years, and it would be interesting to see how its images of Nebulae stacks up the now defunked Canon 60Da?

Anyone know of any test shots with the Nikon D810A?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 04:36 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
On article 3,200 megapixel LSST camera gets construction approval (257 comments in total)

One thing no one has asked, how big is the viewing screen? Is it a flip out type. Is it a touch screen type? Can it be used with a remote?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 06:25 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
On article 3,200 megapixel LSST camera gets construction approval (257 comments in total)

Ok, all BS aside, why hasn't this camera been designed to work in Space, like the HST?

After all, if one is spending $$$ on this camera, another few mil $$$ could have been spent to launch it into a geo stationary position, 300kms above the planet.

Who's paying, who is manning this beast and by what means?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 06:23 UTC as 95th comment | 4 replies
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