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Poll - Have you ever tried astro Photography?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Chrissie_Lay

    Chrissie_Lay AP Editor's PA

    Cast your vote on this week's poll - Have you ever tried astro Photography?

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  2. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I did not vote.
    It is not something I have ever chosen to pursue.
    I do not consider Ordinary cameras and lenses suitable for advanced astro photography.
    If I were to be involved I would want to go the whole way, not just take shots of the night sky.
     
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    TBH I thought it was something every enthusiast tries at least once. In my case I have tried twice but the internet is awash with such good images (taken with some very expensive kit) that I have never taken it seriously
     
  4. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    I had a go at a Lunar eclipse a few years ago and was moderately pleased.

    However, there wasn't a poll option for "I tried it once" or "Occasionally", so I didn't vote,
     
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  5. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Can't take part. My answer would have to be, "Well, I've done the odd star trail picture with a normal lens (a long time ago using a film SLR) and the odd picture of the moon using longer lenses, but 'Yes, I love it' doesn't cover that."
     
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  6. ChrisNewman

    ChrisNewman Well-Known Member

    I’m not sure what counts as astro photography. I took film photos of the transit of Venus across the sun a decade or two ago. (I used a silvered Mylar film filter I’d made for the eclipse some years before; we stayed in Cornwall very close to the centre line of totality, but that was the only day of the fortnight’s holiday when we didn’t see the sun all day, whilst friends and colleagues at home got a great view of about 95% eclipse.)

    I’ve never tried photograph the night sky. I might be tempted by a bright comet, but I think light pollution would degrade results here in south-west Hertfordshire.

    Didn’t vote, as I’m not sure any of the options apply.


    Chris
     
  7. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Beyond the occasional feeble attempt at the moon the anwer is no...
     
  8. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    As above, poll options are poor so didn't respond.
     
  9. Ffolrord

    Ffolrord Well-Known Member

    Yes. Fiendishly difficult but enjoyable. Trouble is with i) just photos of night sky (Moon, planets, Messier objects, constellations) it is a technical exercise where you will be outclassed by superior equipment. ii) Landscapes incorporating night sky the current trend is for the composite, arguably 'faked' shot. Interesting to note that the APOY round was heavily biased towards, fantasy (or impossible) night sky images.
     
  10. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Yes, star fields and comets.
     
  11. Grace Deane

    Grace Deane Well-Known Member

    I just voted there. I have never tried astro photography but hope to next weekend :)
     
  12. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I rather think astro photography is being rather loosely defined.
     
  13. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Well-Known Member

    I have tried so my answer my answer to the first part must be yes, but I don't love it:
    There's too much waiting & getting cold.
    Too much travelling to a dark site to have the clouds obscure the sky

    I've had half-hearted attempts at it on many occasions & only managed a few moderate results...
     
  14. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Long ago I tried, not very successfully, taking photos of the moon and the planets. Gave up when I realised very specialised kit and much dedication was required.
     
  15. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Good Lord, I've only just seen this thread.

    My answer would be yes, obsesevly, to the point of having a small car's worth of kit in my back gardenm
     
  16. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Wondered when you were going to appear Dave. Hope you have a bit clearer winter this year than last. Either that or you'll have to start imaging cloud formations!
     
  17. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Ha ha, yes.

    Last winter was pretty dire, but however much I was grumping there were those for whom it was a disaster.

    I think I missed the poll as I was running around like the proverbial getting ready for the SGL 12 star party at Luxall.

    Been imaging off an on, lately working on M33 with my new TS 130mm f/7 Triplet.
     
  18. mediaman

    mediaman Well-Known Member

    Yes..
     

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