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Nikon D800 astrophotography: constellations and Perseids. To boldly go where no artborghi has gone before!


Star Trek quote apart, give a look to the pictures I shot on Brienzersee in a wonderful hot and dark night, two rare conditions in most of middle Europe. Even more exceptional, I had my sturdy Manfrotto tripod along!


Not only these pictures are so clear that at least 7 constellations are clearly visible.


Even weak Perseids are detected. Do you see constellations and falling star(s)? Click on pics to magnify. If some help is needed, click on the mapped pictures here below.




All pictures shot with Nikon D800, around 20-30 sec exposure on tripod, ISO between 1600-3200, mounting the awesome Nikon 16-35 mm full open.

Posted by lorenzoborghi on August 13, 2013
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  1. 08/13/2013

    ohhh…these r spectacular! how do u shoot during night time? i’ve never really been able to do night photos

    • 08/13/2013

      I now share this deep secret with humanity. The secret is also contained in the EXIF data of my pictures 😉 A stable tripod for long exposure is needed, more than 30 secs you get visible stripes instead of stars, around 20 secs it is better. High ISO with a camera which permits it without too much noise, like the D800 or the 5D Mark III: from 600 to 2000 ISO, depending on how many stars you want to shoot. A fast, wide angle lens will make the trick.

  2. 08/13/2013

    Beautiful, Lorenzo. I couldn’t see them here, but was watching for them and for Venus, so close to the waxing moon. 🙂

    • 08/15/2013

      Yeah, Venus was amazingly , in the newer post on Perseids you can see now a total of 5 !

  3. 08/14/2013

    Really nice images, and at least a glimpse of a perseid or two. I tried to see some 4 different nights but unlucky cloud cover killed that. But a few days before the main even, I saw 5 meteors, 2 really nice with trains, in 20 minutes under clear skies. M

    • 08/15/2013

      Indeed there were many..I replied you only now that I uploaded the new pictures 🙂 However, the brightest and most beautiful I missed because of low ISO. I needed to set ISO around 2000 to get them, 600 was not enough.

  4. 08/14/2013

    where is the claimed shooting star??!!

    • 08/15/2013

      where the blue arrow says falling star 🙂 or in the newer post…

  5. 09/6/2013

    I don’t know if you noticed this yet or not, but, it looks like the andromeda galaxy is visible in the 5th picture.

    • 09/6/2013

      HI Nick good eye you have. I could see it clearly in the second and third picture of this other post of mine : pictures were shot high in the mountains and Andromeda galaxy is clearly (and better) visible. Now I see it also here up-right the “d” of the word “Perseid”: thank you!


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