astrophotography

Astrophotography is the reason I bought my DSLR. Apart from the unparalleled beauty of the subject matter, I absolutely love the freedom of being out and about in wonderful places when everyone else is at home and I have them to myself. Finding peace and solitude in usually busy places is good for me.

Updated 24/1/14

I now have an new lens, a second hand EFS 55-250, which has boosted the magnification I get by over four times. Excellent! Now all I need is the rain to stop raining every single night and I may get out there and get some good results.

I did get out once recently and got some reasonable pictures. I also invested in Photoshop and the ProDigital suite of Astro tools for Photoshop. Between them I feel I am just about starting to get some reasonable result. Play with those levels dudes!

Here are some new (or re-worked old) efforts:

The full moon behind the lighthouse at Hurst Castle. I had to wait behind some rocks for the Royal Marines to finish practicing opposed amphibious assaults before I dared come out and start taking pictures.

The full moon behind the lighthouse at Hurst Castle. I had to wait behind some rocks for the Royal Marines to finish practicing opposed amphibious assaults before I dared come out and start taking pictures.

Orion rising over the beach huts at Studland. This was taken on a freezing but crystal night in February, when I seemed to have the whole Purbecks to myself. What on earth was everyone else doing?

Orion rising over the beach huts at Studland. This was taken on a freezing but crystal night in February, when I seemed to have the whole Purbecks to myself. What on earth was everyone else doing?

Jupiter with the four Galilean moons clearly visible, taken with my new EFS 55-250 lens.

Jupiter with the four Galilean moons clearly visible, taken with my new EFS 55-250 lens.

Jupiter over the beach huts at Studland, taken on the same night as Orion above.

Jupiter over the beach huts at Studland, taken on the same night as Orion above.

The Orion Nebula. Still some room for improvement...

The Orion Nebula. Still some room for improvement…

The moon, again with the new lens. Some large craters are clearly visible along the terminator.

The moon, again with the new lens. Some large craters are clearly visible along the terminator.

I use a Canon EOS 1000 (very much a base model but easy to use and it gives results that are perfectly adequate for me) with a Jessops Major carbon fibre tripod and now an EFS 55-250 lens.

2 responses to “astrophotography

  1. I dumped my DSLR and bag of lenses in favour of a Panasonic FZ330 ‘bridge’ camera – I love it!

  2. Yeah. At Christmas my daughter bought what I thought was a pretty bog-standard Sony camera, not a DSLR, with a built-in zoom lens. Bloody thing takes better pictures than my camera with the big lens. The magnification is about 5 times better.

    I guess technology is passing me by.

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