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Old Feb 13, 2005, 12:12 PM   #1
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Pleiades is a very popular and beautiful cluster of stars, and counting the number of stars in the cluster is often done as an eye-test. FZ3 passed the test, counting all the stars visible to naked eye and showing more stars too!
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 12:19 PM   #2
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Nice Pic! You had that on a mount I assume. I sure wish the FZ3 and FZ20 could should longer pics, like one minute. Yes the noise would be horrible, but the deeper magnitude would be nice.
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 12:20 PM   #3
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Nice shot, intersting.

Please, mayyou show us the EXIF ?
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 7:25 PM   #4
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ISO 80, f 2.8, 4 sec. I found that 8 sec duration gets brighter pics (like the one attached), but when magnifying and cropping to show such asmall area as Pleiades, the dots look like small dashes. 2 sec duration makes the pic very dim, so I had to settle with 4 sec.


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Old Feb 13, 2005, 8:34 PM   #5
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NIce job. You did well to capture all the stars as pinpoints of light. F80 and 4 sec. eh? Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Feb 13, 2005, 8:43 PM   #6
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I love the pleiades it's the small cluster of stars straight up over head i believe...
xlnt shot.....i tried to shot them many times but failed on each attempt....
what zoom are you using????????
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 10:36 PM   #7
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No zoom, FZ3's 12x zoom is more than sufficient. At 48x, the cluster gets larger than the lcd screen, so you can settle for something like 30-36 x. However, what I have given are out of 12x zoom, cropped later. I am planning to shoot again with changes in f and ISO settings. If I get good results, shall post them here.
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thanks for the tip
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Old Feb 14, 2005, 6:15 AM   #9
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Cool too see another person aiming his FZ at the stars

Nice shots m8. I've tried it few times now. I found best settings for this are f/2.8 iso200. iso400 results in quite heavy noise, but if you're willing to sacrifice some quality, and have stars not blurred, use it. You're welcome to visit my humble space gallery at http://www.pbase.com/tvpopta/astro_photographyfor some FZ20 examples. Exif available with all shots. I also found boosting the midtones a bit, and killing the shadows some in post processing, works quite well with stars :|

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Thanks for the invite, I visited your gallery. Wow! The sky, I think, is much clearer in your place - I couldn't get as many stars around Pleiades!

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I tried this evening, but the moon was getting nearer the stars and there was noticeable noise in the pics. So, have decided to wait a week till the moon cross over.
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