Astro with K5,A*135/1.8 and A*400/2.8

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chris gunn
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Astro with K5,A*135/1.8 and A*400/2.8

I drove up to Arthur's pass again when it had a clear forcast. The scenery on the drive was the same as usual.

One problem I hadn't considered was the half moon, which didn't help, though I I didn't have to use the flashlight as much! See how it lights up the hills at 8mm:

Still, it gave me an opportunity to focus the 400 on the moon:

I'd been wanting to photograph M42 in Orion, and it was fairly close to the moon. I have no tracking mount nor Astrotracer. I didn't do any stacking. My PPing may not be the best:

And a crop:

A dim subject is the Large Magellanic Cloud. I tried the 135 at 1.8 at the default infinity. I captured a shooting star?

At the top is the Tarantula nebula. I put the 400 back on (this is about as dim as this lens can handle):

I put the 135 back on and tried to find the Carina nebula:

Bottom right are the Southern Pleiades. This is F2.2, at F1.8 these bright stars get a blue halo (different PP):

I trained the 400 on the Southern Pleiades (Good work from the lens I thought):

And on Carina nebula, but for some reason I used 6s which is too long and ruined the shot:

Oh, but for a a camera with Astrotracer, and FF to help aim the camera.

Criticism and advice welcome! Hope you enjoyed my little journey.

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