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Old 18-06-2011, 03:26 AM
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Eclipse From The west

Greetings All!

There have been some fantastic photos of this event.

I tried prime photography with the 40D into my LXD55 8"SN. In a rush and still half asleep & woke up 45min later than I planned, I got the mount out, scope on and turned on Autostar. rushing, I just did a 1 star alignment and off it went then I heard the motor pitch up higher and yeak!! no counterweight and the OTA is now at nearly 45 deg and just about to topple over. I cut the power, tripod tethering on falling, tripped over the dog, on the ground with the OTA still dangly but a lot of noise as I landed nicely into a table which had 2 sheets of 1.8m sheet steel and you can imagine the noise at 4:30AM. Ohh dear!

Anyway, scope and tripod were fine and off I went (+ counterweights + many dogs barking in the neighbourhood).

1st two are 40D prime into the 8"SN. 3 Sec ISO800 and then 11 sec ISO 400. final is my 1st attempt at animated Gif after seeing some nice animations in this forum as I had some shots albeit some different in exposure - I was not planning on doing an anim. Interesting to see the movement of the moon w.r.t the stars. In hindsight I would have loved to do an animation of the moon against the stars.

Hope you like.

Cheers,
Darrin...

PS - REMEMBER to put your counterweights on
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Old 18-06-2011, 03:46 AM
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Darrin they are some awesome pics!!!!!!
Very 3d on my screen!!!!
I was attempting the same for the animation!!!!!
Lucky you didn't break anything!!!!!
yes lotsa !!!!sorry!!!!
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Old 18-06-2011, 08:50 AM
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Ooh, great pics Darrim, and animation. Glad you caught it all,despite some issues.
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Old 18-06-2011, 11:30 AM
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Nice stuff Darrin. Love the Animation.
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Old 18-06-2011, 11:42 AM
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Fantastic shots Darren. Very glad to hear you caught everything in time, I wouldn't want to hear the alt version.
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Old 18-06-2011, 02:34 PM
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Great work Darrin, the animation is a beaut.
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Old 18-06-2011, 07:52 PM
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Looks like all the noise was worth it, great shots there Darrin.

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Old 18-06-2011, 10:28 PM
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Looks like all the noise was worth it, great shots there Darrin.
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Thanks Ken. I was quite embarrased actually but quickly that went away after seeing the moon through my scope.

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Great work Darrin, the animation is a beaut.
Thanks Ric. The animation was a last minute idea and I would like to do another again with the moon.

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Fantastic shots Darren. Very glad to hear you caught everything in time, I wouldn't want to hear the alt version.
Michael, the alternate version could have been, well, let's not go there

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Nice stuff Darrin. Love the Animation.
Thanks Malcolm. The rain stayed away down here but very quickly came back not long after end of the eclipse.

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Ooh, great pics Darrim, and animation. Glad you caught it all,despite some issues.
Liz, I'm just glad I was near the scope at the time it was about to... Poor old Reg (my dog) copped a decent ankle from me but we've since made up

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Darrin they are some awesome pics!!!!!!
Very 3d on my screen!!!!
I was attempting the same for the animation!!!!!
Lucky you didn't break anything!!!!!
yes lotsa !!!!sorry!!!!
Cheers
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Cheers, thanks Bart!! Always remember the counterweight
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Old 19-06-2011, 08:19 AM
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Well done, Darrin. Especially the animation.

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Nice one Darren. I like the animation too.
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