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The Southern Cross over Mt Painter

By johnboy 12 March 2013 24

southers cross

Ozhair has sent this in:

I took a stroll up Mt Painter yesterday evening to see if I could get a shot of Comet Pan-STARRS. Unfortunately a band of cloud in an otherwise clear sky was perfectly positioned to block the view of the comet. But I did get a few nice pics I was happy with, and I’m quite partial to this one.

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Ben_Dover 4:33 pm 13 Mar 13

Definitely like it mate, and thanks for the specs. I’ll have a go myself soon!

Ozhair 3:46 pm 13 Mar 13

deye is correct. It’s a 30 second exposure at I think f4, on an 11mm lens. It was just on last light, so there was still a tiny bit of light from the sunset behind me to bring out Mt Painter.

I also walked way out to the right and hit the foreground rocks with a soft flash, but to be honest I don’t think it had a lot of impact.

A bit of cropping in Photoshop, as well as slight darkening of the sky and a slight boost to the foreground.

I’m still in the process of experimenting with these kinds of shots, so glad you all like this one 🙂

deye 3:32 pm 13 Mar 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Ben_Dover said :

How long was the exposure Ozhair? I’ve just acquired a tripod, may have a go at some long exposures.

I don’t think it would be too long (seconds, not minutes) otherwise you’d notice movement in the stars.

I would guess around 30 seconds, more than that in a wide angle and star trails start to form. If it was a telephoto then you would have to be around 5 seconds to prevent trails.

Unfortunately Ozhair I think you were probably too late to get a photo of Pan-starrs even if the cloud behaved.

This is one I took on the 5th of March, just as it set behind the mountains
(wide angle)
and with a telephoto

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