Canadian Skies

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Jetamio
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Joined: 31 Dec 2006, 14:46
Location: BC, Canada

Canadian Skies

Postby Jetamio » 08 Dec 2008, 23:14

Hey guys and girls :) Some will remember me (The earlier members), some wont. My plans to travel Europe fell through, but I am now in Canada.

The skies where I live are so unbelievably clear, you can see so many starts and even the edge of the Milky Way trailing across the sky, which I only ever saw once in Britain. The downside is that when the skies are clear its also ridiculously cold!

I'll try get some pictures soon once I find a setting on my camera that lets me take pics of stars.

Alderney99
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Joined: 10 Jan 2007, 21:59
Location: 'ra Bay

Postby Alderney99 » 08 Dec 2008, 23:29

That'll be why you've missed the past meeting or two then!  :)
As well as possibly qualifying as the club's "farthest from
Dalgety Bay" member? Look forwards to some pics too.

Whereabouts (roughly) in British Columbia have you ended up?

Jetamio
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Joined: 31 Dec 2006, 14:46
Location: BC, Canada

Postby Jetamio » 10 Dec 2008, 09:29

I'm in the Cariboo area, snuggled nicely between the Coastal Mountains and the Rockies :D
I didn't make one yet...

Jetamio
Posts: 34
Joined: 31 Dec 2006, 14:46
Location: BC, Canada

Postby Jetamio » 17 May 2009, 20:48

So uhm...anyone know what setting to put on camera to get pictures of the stars? I can go outside at night now without getting pneumonia and it still gets dark enough to see the stars (I assume at midsummer it'll be too light).

I'm not much of a photographer and just have a nikon coolpix, so any advice be handy!

Hope you are all doing well :)

Jet ~
I didn't make one yet...

Cosmic
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Photographing the stars

Postby Cosmic » 22 May 2009, 10:25

Hi Jet

You don't say what kind of scope you have. If it's AltAZ mount then difficult to get good pics of stars. You really need motorized EQ mount and short focal length refractor is best. Also camera has to be capable of long exposures. Bob is possibly your best bet and of course our famous Andy Tennant Lunar Photo specialist. Ask these guys for advice I'm sure they'll be only too happy to help.

Regards
Cosmic (Geoff)
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.

Jetamio
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Joined: 31 Dec 2006, 14:46
Location: BC, Canada

Postby Jetamio » 22 May 2009, 11:47

Oh not with a scope, I just mean with a camera. When I came to Canada I brought only a suitcase, everything else I left behind. But the skies are so clear here and you can see sooooo many stars, its unreal.
I didn't make one yet...


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