Twinkle, twinkle...

by David Swatton July. 30, 2019 430 views

I live now in one of the least populated areas of the country which means that on clear nights there is little in the way of light pollution which reveals a sky full of stars. However, for an ignoramus like me there is a down side. When I lived in London essentially all you could see on a clear night were the brightest stars which made picking out the major constellations more straightforward as they were basically all that were visible. Now that I can see a whole panoply of lights in the sky I struggle to identify the constellations as easily.

And yes, I'm not very good at taking photos of the night sky... I know!

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Trinicia Perch 8 months, 1 week ago

Great job!  I'm very interested in photography the night sky but I live in one of the most populated cities.

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David Swatton Replied to Trinicia Perch 8 months, 1 week ago

Yep... same problem I had when I lived in London

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Marilyn Grimble 8 months, 1 week ago

I struggle with the moon, let alone the stars! I like second. Mxx

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David Swatton Replied to Marilyn Grimble 8 months, 1 week ago

Sounds like a quote from Neil Armstrong smile rocket

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Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

Nice work.......interesting & amusing commentary, as well!

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David Swatton Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

The trials and tribulations of a very amateur star-gazer smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to David Swatton 8 months, 1 week ago

The good thing about being an amateur, rather than being
 a pro, is that we only have to please ourselves.....right???

+1grinning+1

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David Swatton Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

Very true +1

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Tsao T-F 8 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful night sky!

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David Swatton Replied to Tsao T-F 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks +1

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Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

If you are fishing for compliments...you got one. smile  I believe you did a very nice job of capturing the night sky. I especially like the angle you picked for #2, the combination of the colors and the perspective is very cool.

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David Swatton Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

Honestly not fishing for compliments - this is a type of photography I really struggle with, both in terms of the initial picture-taking and in post-processing. You know I don't like tripods so messing about with that in the dark is frustrating. Auto-focus doesn't work on stars. Bracketing around a basic manual setting is hit and miss etc etc etc. And don't get me started on the issues in post-processing... anyway apparently perseverance is a virtue...

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 8 months, 1 week ago

Was just kidding with you David as far as the compliment comment. Really your perseverance does pay off. One thing I learned a while back when I went for my first astro shoot, the instructor told me to place my lens on infinity ( granted I had to use a tripod) and then manually rotate the focus ring until the "glitter in the sky" looked normal. The reason behind it was that the night was pitch black so trying to focus in darkness was rather difficult but by placing it on infinity and rotating the ring it became much easier to focus. Something to think about smile

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Sherry Hill 8 months, 1 week ago

not good at taking night skies? these are great.. i can't stop looking at HOW Many stars there are..

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David Swatton Replied to Sherry Hill 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks - surely you must have great skies too living out in the back of beyond.

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Sherry Hill Replied to David Swatton 8 months, 1 week ago

still nothing quite like this.. i even look with binoculars and i see a fraction of the stars.. i've never seen "the milky way" in the classic light band.. 
but i am still a night sky watcher..

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