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    I thought i'd share this amazing thing with you. Time lapse, clear sky, 'nuff said.

    http://vimeo.com/4505537
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    Fucking beautiful, Ray. Thanks for the link -- which, by the way, only works if you paste the URL on your address bar. Clicking doesn't do it.
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    Huh. Does for me...
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
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    Fixed it for you.
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    I need to see the Milky Way with my own eyes before I die.
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    Heh, that'll be why then.

    Thanks, Ariana.
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    Its a beautiful thing. Wide open skies always make me feel a little faint, so one so wide you can see the ground whilst looking practically vertically up would probably flat out stun me in real life.
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    Fantastic, isn't it? Thanks for the link!
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    Does it look that bright normally, or was this a special occasion?
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    No clouds or light pollution from nearby cities.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
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    Fucking gorgeous.

    @James Puckett probably more visible than normal, but the process boosted visibility quite a bit:
    The time-lapse sequence was taken with the simplest equipment that I brought to the star party. I put the Canon EOS-5D (AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm) with an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens on a weighted tripod. Exposures were 20 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 1600 followed by 40 second interval. Exposures were controlled by an interval timer shutter release (Canon TC80N3). Power was provided by a Hutech EOS203 12v power adapter run off a 12v deep cycle battery. Large jpg files shot in custom white balance were batch processed in Photoshop (levels, curves, contrast, Noise Ninja noise reduction, resize) and assembled in Quicktime Pro. Editing/assembly was with Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9.

    The stock anti-alias (AA) filter blocks a range of red wavelengths so the camera will render desireable skin tones. 656 nm is one of those wavelengths that also is emitted by emission nebula (star forming gas nebula). The replacement filter permits passage of 656 nm so that emission nebula can be recorded.

    Contrast and brightness have been increased to make the Milky Way more stunning in the video. However, standing in the field at the Texas Star Party with dark-adapted eyes with the Milky Way overhead is a very stunning experience. Many first-time observers remark that the rising of the Milky Way looks like storm clouds coming in over the horizon. When the Milky Way is overhead it casts shadows. You can hold your hand up and move it around and see the shadow move around on the ground in front of you. It is a moving experience the first time you see the Milky Way that brightly in the sky. Fort Davis, Texas is at 5,000 feet altitude with very dark and transparent skies.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
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    Well, that's just spiffy.
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    This is why the interweb is awesome. Thanks for that & thanks for the info on how it was achieved. Fucking yeah.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    Beautiful...reminds me of being out at my dad's place. He hates security lights, and his closest neighbor is a mile away. Lookin up in the sky out there is a breathtaking experience.
    I got to view one of the big comets that passed by back in the mid to late 90s. I woke up at three in the morning and glanced out the window to see it blazing in the sky. You could make out both tails easily. I think I sat and watched it for at least an hour before i went back to sleep. I also got to see mars when it was really really close a few years back. I happened to be taking an astromony class at the time, and we went out to the highest point in the area with some high powered telescopes to take a looky. We could make out the ice caps. it twas neato.

    I dislike my neighbor here...if it weren't for her constantly illuminated security light I'd have a good viewing area from my backyard.....but Nooooooo...paranoid bitch :P...
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    Okay, I have to go there and see this with my own eyes. Stunning.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    oOOOOOOO.....

    That was lovely. Made my morning....
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    ...and then you have the sun come out and ruin everything :P
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    I don't know what made my geek senses tingle more, the movie itself or the gear porn.

    I initially threw this link up on Twitter when Ray posted it. I'm glad it's getting love now, as it's one of the coolest astronomical things I've ever seen.
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    Really made me want to drop the cash on a 15mm lens and do something about the internal IR filter on my D50. While I can get some halfway decent results with the stock body and a 28mm lens (and a hell of a lot of tweaking in post with GIMP), there's nothing I can do to get colours as vibrant as in that video. And certainly not with 20 second exposures.

    Now I have to go to a star party again.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    Me likey. Awesome, Ray.