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John replied to the topic 'What are your worst habits when shooting?' in the forum. 21 minutes ago

Not checking settings from the day/night before

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John replied to the topic 'Dropped grooms wedding band yesterday!' in the forum. 23 minutes ago

That sounds like a rough day indeed!  Hope they are able to find the ring tomorrow!  

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I'm feeling lucky

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Conner Porter replied to the topic 'Dumbell Nebula with a 70-200mm and a 2x teleconverter?' in the forum. 27 minutes ago

No kidding.  Good to know!  So let me ask you, if you had to start over, what would you do differently?

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astrodave replied to the topic 'What are your worst habits when shooting?' in the forum. 44 minutes ago

Silver Fox wrote:

Mine comes in post.  I'll sometimes have a shot that looks great, but then I double guess my work over and over again in post.  Leading me to spend much more time post processing something that doesn't need the work.  

A friend of mine that was a glass worker had a saying: The more you work it the better it does not get.

I try to remember it but too often go that last little bit too far.

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Dumbell Nebula with a 70-200mm and a 2x teleconverter?' in the forum. 48 minutes ago

Conner wrote:

Hey Dave, how did you learn astrophotography? 

Slowly and painfully would be the honest answer. A guy told me starting out that the learning curve is steep. He was dead on. I've made, I believe, every possible mistake and dead end one can do. So I have a pretty good breadth of knowledge mostly based on failure :)

I've helped a lot of people so anyone that would like to know something just ask.

The other aspect is what you expect. If you just want a nice picture of the moon or a decent shot of the Orion Nebula, that can be relatively easy. They are both very bright. As anything getting to be really, really good is very hard and can be very expensive.

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 54 minutes ago

Like everything else in life there is a need to know a budget. If you have unlimited budget I have a $25k mobile observatory with everything already to go. Top of the line gear and mobile. 

If not There are trackers for $300ish that work well at under 300mm. 

Additionally one of the major issues is weight the mount can care. For some its the amount of weight they can care. My main astro mounts can carry 250 lbs but they weigh in at 120 lbs so they are a pain to lug about hence my observatories.

For a DLSR setup a Star Adventurer or an Astrotrac are pretty easy to use and track well up to about 15lbs. I'd recommend either of those to someone wanting to "dabble".

Just my $.02

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Conner Porter replied to the topic 'Dumbell Nebula with a 70-200mm and a 2x teleconverter?' in the forum. 1 hour 3 minutes ago

Hey Dave, how did you learn astrophotography? 

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David replied to the topic 'What's the last thing you ate?' in the forum. 1 hour 4 minutes ago

bag of chips 

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Randy A. Myers created a new topic ' Butterfly' in the forum. 2 hours 26 minutes ago

Had a play with my E-M1 with the 75-300 lens today. It was too hot to think straight. Need more time with the combo to see what works.
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astrodave replied to the topic 'Dumbell Nebula with a 70-200mm and a 2x teleconverter?' in the forum. 3 hours 16 minutes ago

No HA filters give you a look at Hydrogen Alpha emissions and really really nice B&W images.

In astrophotography (deep space) we use these as a Luminance layer to add detail.

The attachment is HA of the Rosette Nebula







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Conner Porter replied to the topic 'What are your worst habits when shooting?' in the forum. 3 hours 25 minutes ago

Not cleaning my sensor, and then having to spend extra time in post

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Conner Porter commented on Kendra's photo 3 hours 28 minutes ago

This is such a cool reflection

Leaf Reflection

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Conner Porter commented on Kendra's photo 3 hours 29 minutes ago

This is such an interest shot that draws our attention.

Entwined

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Randy A. Myers replied to the topic 'Reflection' in the forum. 3 hours 38 minutes ago

Nicely done!

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Neal replied to the topic 'What's with all the selfies photographers feel the need to take all the time?' in the forum. 3 hours 51 minutes ago

To each their own, if you feel like taking a selfie, then go for it. 

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Neal replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 4 hours ago

Is Sky Watcher a good brand?

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