starman1969

starman1969

Lives in United Kingdom Blackpool, United Kingdom
Works as a self employed
Joined on Sep 14, 2012
About me:

Mad keen photographer and astronomer. Use mostly Nikon gear, some Canon.

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On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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shutterbobby: Really inspiring..would like to see Stonehenge with some star trails,etc... if you ever go down south...

A friend of mine went recently and he said it has a 10ft high security fence all round. Also, the public is no longer able to go near the stones like in the old days. I guess they do need protection, but he thought it was a bit over the top. The visitor centre is also miles away and visitors are bussed to the site from there.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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cgarrard: That F-15 shot is ridiculous Stephen :). Enjoyed all the others of course, but I have a weak spot for the F15 demonstrations. I watched Chuck Yeager fly an F15 at March AFB when I was a kid, and I've been hooked since.

Thanks. I was very pleased to get that one. Just hearing them approaching through the valley sets the pulse racing. Sometimes it's a good idea to put the camera down & just watch.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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shutterbobby: Really inspiring..would like to see Stonehenge with some star trails,etc... if you ever go down south...

Thanks. I have considered that, but with all the new restrictions it would be a challenge these days.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 09:02 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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Via Lactea: Very impressive Steve, you just revealed how beautiful skies can be, Bjorn

Thanks Bjorn. I take some of the inspiration from the members on here.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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mayurgogoi: I will go for 1 and 5--5 is really amazing!

Thanks. It's amazing to be under such clear night skies.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Outstanding! 2, 6 and 9 in particular. Don't suppose you used the Instamatic for those?

Ha ha not quite. Thanks for the comment.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: Terrific post, Stephen! You should name your longest lens "Hubble."

Thanks Rodger. Maybe I should do that!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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john Clinch: Great pictures. The UK is not an easy base for an astrophotgrapher

Thanks, it certainly isn't. That is why I chose to go to Tenerife for the meteors. I have many failures, but the successful ones make up for it.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (49 comments in total)
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MDRCHINA: Stephen--so many great shots herein--can you please tell us how you captured that F-15? That shot is "off the rocks"!! Thank you DP Review.

Thanks very much MDRCHINA & camcom12. The F-15 was shot 500ft up a mountain in Wales. Part of the Mach Loop low fly zone.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 06:54 UTC
On Christmas Tunnel in the christmas cheer - lights challenge (18 comments in total)

Amazing picture. Excellent composition of the tram, along with the tunnel. Really well done.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On Windmill and Star Trails photo in Jonathan Shapiro's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Very nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 1st comment
On M8 & M20 _6.24.14 photo in peter3257's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Beautiful image.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment
On ELRL0907_4 photo in elroyie's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very impressive nightscape & selfie.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 1st comment
On N7000_p photo in Andy C Knight's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very nice detail. The North America a Nebula is very obvious.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)
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Paul Farace: I know this is like a non-driver criticizing the color of a Rolls Royce's hubcaps, but how many of you Nikon fans think the display screen on the back is a bit small? Beautiful camera though...

Yes, it's an optical illusion. It does look, however, like there would have been enough space to squeeze in a bigger screen though. 3.5" ??

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 18:23 UTC

It's got a strong looking tripod collar.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 22:29 UTC as 6th comment
On unique woman b&w photo in meagre offerings's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

She'll like that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 21:56 UTC as 1st comment
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marike6: Just saw a nice D600 video demo, and it really is impressive. It's all nature so no opportunity to check for moire, but if the D600 lacks the moire that exists in the D800, I may have to bag my plans to get a Fuji X-E1 to go with my D800, and get this camera. Thanks for the samples DPR, they look terrific.

D600 Video
https://vimeo.com/49395253

Thanks for posting. Why didn't Nikon give ME a D600 to go and do this :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2012 at 07:46 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (712 comments in total)
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mickeyfoto: Which is best for Astro photography - D600 or D800 and why?

I'm just starting out in astro but want to be sure that the kit I get will last. Are there any specific considerations which would make me chose either the D600 or the D800? I'm currently experimenting with a D200.

Any advice very gratefully received, thanks

I recently bought a well used D90 specifically to have the IR filter removed. This will need to be done professionally, but it will be much more sensitive to red.
I would not, however, buy a D600 and do the same thing. I do want one, but I would use it as is.
I am aware that Canon market two models specially for astrophotography, the older 20Da and the more recent 60Da. I must say I'm not sure why Nikon don't do an astro model given their long links with NASA & space imaging.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 22:38 UTC
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