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

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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Posted by lorenzoborghi on August 13, 2013
10 Comments Post a comment
  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

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    • 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.

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  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. 🙂

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    • 08/15/2013

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

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  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

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    • 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.

      Reply
  4. 08/14/2013

    where is the claimed shooting star??!!

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    • 08/15/2013

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

      Reply
  5. 09/6/2013
    Nick

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

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    • 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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