Eclipse Composite (too late for the contest)

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Eclipse Composite (too late for the contest)

Post by rray6 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:51 pm

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It has been along time since I posted at this forum mainly because I haven't done any astro imaging for almost 2 years. I retired from work but got a whole lot busier for some reason. I am now dusting off my equipment in my New Mexico observatory and hope to start producing some work again soon. However, I recently traveled to Madras, Oregon to view and photograph the eclipse. What a spectacular experience even though the skies were murky with smoke from all the fires. And at the same time, my house in Houston was being threatened by a pesky hurricane (we fared well with no flooding). Now back in New Mexico, I just put together this composite and wanted to share it. Basic details: a guided series of exposures with a Canon 5D Mark IV and a 300mm L/4 telephoto and a 1.4x extender (effective 420mm focal length). I stacked 7 bracketed exposures (1/1000 to 1 second) to get the totality image. I used an iOptron Sky Guider to track. This is much reduced in size and annotated to show timing. Focus was a little soft but considering that I did not use a computer and my new 5D Mark IV does not have an articulating LCD screen, it turned out okay. Thanks.

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Re: Eclipse Composite (too late for the contest)

Post by gardenfish » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:27 pm

I love it!. Wish I would of driven to totality.
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Re: Eclipse Composite (too late for the contest)

Post by Jimbo » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:22 pm

Fantastic!!! This was definitely my number one astronomy experience far and above anything I've seen before. Good work on documenting this amazing event.


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Re: Eclipse Composite (too late for the contest)

Post by Doug » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:41 pm

Very nice Robert!

We were in Madras too! Totality!!!

I'm glad to hear your home was safe. Lots of people in Houston weren't so lucky.
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