Clear Sky in Staffordshire tonight

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  1. Craig Rogers

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    Freeeeeeezing with the clear skys (although it is now trying to snow) I thought I'd try something different for a Moon shot. For the techies, I normally do the Moon with a 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6, but wondered what the quality would be like with my fab 80-200 f/2.8 with a Kenko x2 DXG Teleconverter fitted giving 400mm. Wasn't expecting crystal clear plus the tripod I'm currently using isn't up to the job of such a heavy lens (awaiting a new head for a new Manfrotto). However, pretty chuffed with the result.

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    30th January 2012 by Craig Rogers, on Flickr
     
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    Clear skies in Berkshire, bloody cold though:cry::cry::cry:

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    Thought you would be on your boat Peter.

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    Fantastic clear sky in Gatehouse of Fleet tonight, though very cold.

    We're not far from the Dark Sky Park of the Galloway Forest which was given the honour of the very first official Dark Sky Park in the UK.

    No street lights or other sky pollution around here, so ideal for stargazing and a great place to visit if you're ever in the south-west of Scotland:thumb:

    www.gallowaynightsky.co.uk
     
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    Nice photo, I think I can see the Lunar Rover.......

    and the batteries still got charge.....:RollEyes:

    Nice pic....:thumb:
     
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    Fantastic picture! I wasn't sure if anyone would notice my post about the Dark Sky Park near us, so just added it on another thread:Smile:

    Great night for stargazing.........but a lot warmer indoors!:Laughing:

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    I've heard about Dark Sky Park, must add that to the touring list! :thumb:
     
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    If you do, pop in and see us on your way west along the A75, there are some lovely spots around us:thumb:
     
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    Nice pic Craig.
    Seems like astronomy's 'in' at moment.
    This is my 1st attempt on a 150-500 Sigma at 500mm-(lightweight tripod).I was pleased until I saw some pics recently taken by placing a webcam at point of focus in a reflecting telescope by a guy at Cardiff Astronomical society.
    Now its 'back to drawing board' :BigGrin:
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    And so you should be, fabulous picture..........Griff
     
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    :thumb: Great stuff! Very similar to my full moon shot from last September! I've always fancied giving the Bigma a go just to see what it's like.

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    12th September 2011 Full Moon by Craig Rogers, on Flickr
     
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    Just been looking at some of your pics Craig some of them are very artistic:thumb:
     
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    Thank you, I'm still a relative beginner and just snapping as much as possible to get betterer and betterer.
     
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    We have a clear sky tonight-so,I just had another go-can't seem to get that very pale yellow that I see with naked eye. And,re-sizing seems to reduce sharpness quite a lot.
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    Depending on what camera you are using, try changing the metering to spot. As there's a lot of dark around the outside, if it's on matrix then it'll try and lighten it up giving it a different colour. Another tip is to set your WB to fluorescent or tungsten which should make the image cooler. Other than that, it might be a job for Lightroom (or whatever post editor you may have).

    Great shot though! :thumb:
     
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    Eos 40D-It's on spot already-I think WB is the key,and I should have remembered that digital has that possibility :Smile:
    Problem with having a digital camera and a film brain !! I shoot RAW and use Elements 9-but hardly ever use the colour adjustments,so it's probably my lack of expertise :BigGrin:
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    As you probably already know, the great thing about RAW is the WB is stored as a seperate element, so you can easily change the WB afterwards without affecting quality.

    Problem with AutoWB, it's, er, designed with a certain purpose..... Correcting yellow-toned skin, which is why it tries to warm everything up.

    Moon does look good again tonight, trying to resist the urge to get out in the freeeeezing garden.
     
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    Sorry, couldn't resist another clear night although it was even colder tonight. I think we are down to -5 already tonight so far.

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    1st February 2012 by Craig Rogers, on Flickr
     
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    It's been a while and tonights Moon is amazing again. Took this at Dusk just before it got dark which made it easier to underexpose to avoid highlights, bringing out the detail. Possibly my favorite so far;

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    5th March 2012 by Craig Rogers, on Flickr
     
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    Just been outside and had a look, fantastic clear sky with loads to see tonight. We're not far from the Galloway Forest Park, and as there's no other lights around, streets lights etc it is fantastic, really clear.

    Fantastic moon, perfect night for stargazing:thumb:

    Great photos, thanks for posting these:thumb:
     
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