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Old 07-22-2018, 04:58pm   #161
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Look at that Hawk.
Squirrel looks just a bit apprehensive too.

This was in a park in Boston crowded with tourists. There were maybe 4 or 5 of us shooting and watching it unfold. Seem like a good minute past with zero movement. Finally the squirrel flinched and bolted with the hawk in hot pursuit. Didn't see what happened in the end but my money is on the hawk.
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Squirrel looks just a bit apprehensive too.

This was in a park in Boston crowded with tourists. There were maybe 4 or 5 of us shooting and watching it unfold. Seem like a good minute past with zero movement. Finally the squirrel flinched and bolted with the hawk in hot pursuit. Didn't see what happened in the end but my money is on the hawk.
That is a seriously great capture.

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That is a seriously great capture.
Speaking of Hawks! (Full screen on this one)

Thanks... happy accident. Just taking pics of statues in the park and stumbled on it.

Looking down the barrel indeed! So sharp and perfect timing. Birds definitely have attitudes.
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What happened? Looks like maybe a fight? The ears always get nailed in a fight.
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What happened? Looks like maybe a fight? The ears always get nailed in a fight.
hematoma. not sure the cause. had to have surgery to drain it. healing now, stitches come out in 10 days. she's doing well not messing with it.
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hematoma. not sure the cause. had to have surgery to drain it. healing now, stitches come out in 10 days. she's doing well not messing with it.
She have a drain tube in? We've had that before and Rover got a drain tube.
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That Quik Park is less than a mile from where I live...


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Mrs. Simpleman just sent me these 2 of our littles on Grandma's back porch at her lake house.
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Been working on this off and on for a few days and finally got an edit I don't mind sharing. This is the Eagle Nebula, or Messier Object M16. The first shot is a very tight crop so the stars are just a little bloated and the noise is more noticeable, but I wanted to expose the detail in the core of the nebula. The core was the subject of one of the most famous Hubble shots ever, often called the Pillars of Creation. I've rotated the cropped photo so the 'pillars' are oriented more like the NASA version. I'll put a NASA link at the end of the post. I used to have that photo as a screen saver.

I had no idea until recently that one could capture a glimpse of this, however tiny and faint, with modest equipment. My telescope is small and has an effective focal length roughly half that of the lens Thomas uses for his amazing eagle captures.

30 or so 5 minute exposures were stacked to obtain enough detail to process the image. Camera is a Canon 7D. ISO 1600. The telescope f4.6.

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Here's a link to NASA's photo.
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One day I want to learn how do take pics like that, not sure my Camera is good enough....most pics I take I have it on auto.
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One day I want to learn how do take pics like that, not sure my Camera is good enough....most pics I take I have it on auto.
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Deep space images don't require as sophisticated a camera as you might think. It helps to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera with good low light performance and you need interchangeable lenses. But by far, the most important thing is having a mount that very slowly moves the camera to compensate for the earth's rotation. At 400mm, stars will blur or streak in exposures over 1.25 seconds or so. These were 5 minute exposures.

But, if your camera has a manual mode and a reasonably wide angle lens, 25mm or so, you can get pretty nice shots of the Milky Way if you find a dark area. At 25mm you can take a 20 second exposure on a regular tripod at ISO 3200 and get something you can see providing you lens has a fairly large aperture - f3.5 at least.

Check out the Lonely Speck website for some solid info on how to get started. https://www.lonelyspeck.com/

This was my very first Milky Way image taken about 6 years ago. I knew very little about astrophotography but driving late one night I noticed I could see the Milky Way... not a sight I was used to seeing from the DFW area. I had a DSLR, an 11-16 f2.8 lens and a tripod. I put the camera on the tripod, pointed it nearly straight up, focused on infinity, set the ISO to 3200, and took a 30 second exposure. Was amazed when I pulled the images up on the PC. I didn't know until very recently that the blurry splotch of light in the upper right of the frame is Andromeda. Was surprised to learn that the apparent size of Andromeda is about 3 times the apparent size of the moon.

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Getting away from east coast lights would help.
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