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Goodbye to Orion...

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This is my homage to the Hunter taken over several months. I used a Samyang 85mm camera lens and two Atik 4000s, an OSC for the colour and a mono for the Ha. There is a total exposure time of 55 hours here in a six panel mosaic.
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Post by Ender Of Days »

Stunning :shock:

One of the most amazing images of Orion Ive seen !


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I agree - quite amazing and very beautiful.
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Hi,
That's a wonderful image Olly,
Really intricate pin sharp detail, well done :)
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Hello Olly

Stunning, just absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing it. However, I think I'll leave it to this excerpt from Hardys 'Far From The Madding Crowd' to sum it up:

“He stood and carefully examined the sky, to ascertain the time of night from the altitudes of the stars. The Dog-star and Alderbaran, pointing to the restless Pleiades, were halfway up the Southern sky ,and between them hung Orion, which gorgeous constellation never burnt more vividly than now, as it soared forth above the rim of the landscape.
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davidm61 wrote:Hello Olly

Stunning, just absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing it. However, I think I'll leave it to this excerpt from Hardys 'Far From The Madding Crowd' to sum it up:

“He stood and carefully examined the sky, to ascertain the time of night from the altitudes of the stars. The Dog-star and Alderbaran, pointing to the restless Pleiades, were halfway up the Southern sky ,and between them hung Orion, which gorgeous constellation never burnt more vividly than now, as it soared forth above the rim of the landscape.
Hi David,
Hardy had his astronomical moments, for sure. I seem to think that the passage you mention also cites the desolate square of Pegasus? It is Gabriel Oak, I think. Is it the night he lost his sheep over the cliff?
Gad you like the pic. Thanks,
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Post by David Frydman »

Dear Olly,
I presume the 85mm f/1.4.
What is the f stop, f/2 ?

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David Frydman wrote:Dear Olly,
I presume the 85mm f/1.4.
What is the f stop, f/2 ?

Regards, David
Hi David,
Right lens but I slowed it down to about f4. I don't have my notes to hand but the stars do go off at the corners if you run wide open.
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Post by David Frydman »

I did get one secondhand for my Sony/Minolta but haven't used it on stars.
It is other room and I am resting my back.
I thought it might be stopped down more than f/2 as I think the 8 pointt stars maybe from an 8 blade iris. Later on I will check.

It is indeed a lovely photo with masses of stars also.

I presume wide open there are seagull stars which would show up on a mosaic.

The test results of this lens are surprisingly good, particularly for transmission I believe.

Seconhand prices and even ex demonstration are still dropping.

Regards, David
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Post by David Frydman »

Dear Olly,
I checked my lens. It does indeed have eight blades and at f/4 the iris is an almost perfect regular octagon.
This explains the the beautiful 8 spiked brighter stars in your picture, particularly glorious Betelgeuse.

Your lens is obviously of high quality.

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ollypenrice wrote:
davidm61 wrote:Hello Olly

Stunning, just absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing it. However, I think I'll leave it to this excerpt from Hardys 'Far From The Madding Crowd' to sum it up:

“He stood and carefully examined the sky, to ascertain the time of night from the altitudes of the stars. The Dog-star and Alderbaran, pointing to the restless Pleiades, were halfway up the Southern sky ,and between them hung Orion, which gorgeous constellation never burnt more vividly than now, as it soared forth above the rim of the landscape.
Hi David,
Hardy had his astronomical moments, for sure. I seem to think that the passage you mention also cites the desolate square of Pegasus? It is Gabriel Oak, I think. Is it the night he lost his sheep over the cliff?
Gad you like the pic. Thanks,
Olly
Hello

Yes indeed, the remainder of the passage (Gabriel Oak, or Farmer Oak if you prefer) is:

'Castor and Pollux with their quiet shine were almost on the meridian: the barren gloomy square of Pegasus was creeping round to the north-west; far away through the plantation Vega sparkled like a lamp suspended amid the leafless trees, and Cassiopeia’s chair stood daintily poised on the uppermost boughs. ‘One o’clock,’ said Gabriel.”
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Post by joe »

Ender Of Days wrote: One of the most amazing images of Orion Ive seen !
Likewise. Stupendous.
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Post by Vega »

Wonderful! One of the best amateur Orion widefields i've seen

Thanks for sharing

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