Take a shot of the stars if you are out camping prospecting!

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Take a shot of the stars if you are out camping prospecting!

Post  Willo on Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:51 pm

Hi,

If you are out prospecting this next month or so, its a great time of the year to try a bit of night photography.  Al you need is a standard DSLR, a tripod and some basic settings using Manual. You select the lowest f stop (say f.2.8, 3.5 if possible, a high ISO around 1600 and an exposure time of 20 - 30 seconds.  This is a shot of the Aurora Australis with the Milky way core setting over the hills south of Canberra last week.  The shot is comprised of six shots added together to make a panorama using free software called Microsoft Image Compositor.  The aurora was the pink colour to the left of the picture and had no structure like beams. Unfortunately I had to choose a far lower resolution than I would have liked so as to be upload it to the forum.

If you would like more information how to do then PM me and I'd be glad to help out!

Cheers Ian and good luck out there on the gold!

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Post  Jen on Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:57 pm

Awesome Q38

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Post  Willo on Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:02 pm

Thank you Jen! Ian
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Post  Jen on Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:21 pm

My brother.. ( tony ) said to thankyou.. and also said he will try your settings, once the weather clears..


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Post  Digginerup on Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:29 pm

Splendid! T06 thanks for that, great pics like that are some of the best forum fruits, feel free to share some more Wink

Wayne. cheers
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Post  mickb on Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:51 pm

heres one of mine from a couple of year back
taken with a dslr, shutter was held open for around 25 mins then I used a torch in the last 30 seconds of the exposure to light up the tree and rocks
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Post  Jen on Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:04 pm

Wow! Nice Q15

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Post  Jen on Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:51 pm

My brother had a go at the settings you put up Ian.. this was taken tonight.. the moon is too bright


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