My Blood Moon pics: K-01 & Bigma
I've got a couple decent images and crops up on my Flickr stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelsmithy/
Apologies to those of you who hate Flickr. You are under no obligation to try to look.
This was one of our planned astrophotography classes (free at our local university thanks to a NASA grant), but since my wife was ill, and I figured I could do it as easily from my yard, I did not attend the class at the observatory. I set my phone alarm to 1:35 AM (I thought) but somehow made it PM. I awoke a couple of minutes after 3 AM and hurried out the front door with the equipment I had set up the night before.
One dumb thing I did was attache my p0 ballhead to the K-01, instead of the Bigma's tripod foot. No idea why I did that, but the Arca-Swiss monoball p0 did a find job of supporting the whole thing with no sag, even racked out to 500mm. I was very impressed with that. I highly recommend that ball head. HUGE weight capacity and a unique way of locking/unlocking that can be done even wearing mittens, if necessary.
I haven't had time to closely look at all of the images, but it was obvious on the Live View/Focus Peaking that there were moments of better seeing and other moments of blur, due to the atmosphere. I shot with the 2 sec self-timer to hopefully let any movement from my
pressing the shutter button settle down. (No mirror flop to worry about with the K-01)
If it is clear for the next one in October, I think I will try to bracket and HDR to include some stars in the image. Hopefully I will be a little better acquainted with my tracking equipment and will be able to do a time lapse, of that one, as well. With a little planning I could probably be shooting both cameras on different tracking equipment (K-5 II and the K-01) on a Vixen Polarie and a SkyView Pro with dual DC drives (and hopefully an autoguider by then).
Check out my (small) Gallery! http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/355548730/photos/slideshow
|Al Fateh Grand Mosque by mallen1976|
from Your City - B&W Night Picture
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Beakable by Hobbyfotograaf|
|St Paul's - DT NYC by mollymcd|
from Modern - Old-Fashioned