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16-01-2012, 09:57 PM
Still playing with my NEX-5 when weather allows. This was taken Friday night. Thanks to Alex C. I now shoot in raws and finally got some star colors. 30s subs at ISO800 from my backyard. If you check the larger version (http://www.astropic.net/astro/startrail_hinch_20120113.jpg) (center top) you'll see a bright red path.

It is also in the small animated GIF here (http://www.astropic.net/astro/red_trail.gif). Its motion is quite erratic for a plane or satellite. It was just before sunrise so I'm inclined to think a weather ballon? It moved quite slowly over a period of 8min. I was asleep so no red torch light painting or reflection of any kind :)

What do you reckon? :question:

Ross G
16-01-2012, 10:33 PM
Hi Marc,

Great looking star trail.

Photo reminds of the "Time Tunnel".

I was doing a small cleanout on the weekend and I found some old film star trails I had shot about 10 years ago.



16-01-2012, 10:42 PM
Love the star trail Marc, as for the red light, have no idea.


17-01-2012, 01:16 AM
Nice shots, Marc:):)

As for a weather balloon, I don't think so. Not so erratic a path as that. Once they get caught in a mid to upper level wind they tend to follow it along, not bob up and down all over the place. It could be someone playing with a red laser somewhere nearby, who knows.

17-01-2012, 11:36 AM
Nice trails! Could it be a helicopter? Maybe Hagar (http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=85626) was playing around in your area? :)

17-01-2012, 02:18 PM
Love the star trails Marc!

17-01-2012, 04:48 PM
Nice work, Marc!
I find NEX5 gives better colour in RAW files than D700.

19-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Thanks Ross. :thumbsup: You'll have to show me those old films of yours sometime.

Thanks Leon. :thumbsup: It is puzzling yes. I might start a UFO conspiracy. :question:

Thanks Carl. :thumbsup: Over 8min? That would require a lot of patience and it was moving very slow. :)

:lol: Thanks Troy. :thumbsup: So that's what it was... Hey Doug! I found your chopper :P

Thanks a lot Louie. :thumbsup:

Thanks for looking and for all your help Alex. :thumbsup: