A group of 5 Flamsteed committee members had a wonderful trip to the E-Eye facility in Spain over the weekend. The site is around a 2-hour drive north of Seville.
Many thanks to Jose and Cristina for their fantastic hospitality. All of the Flamsteed team had a great time, and we will certainly be going back. Also, thank you to Rupert for driving us around… it was very much appreciated.
For me, the trip was more about getting a feel for the site to determine if it would be suitable for a future trip to offer to all Flamsteed members (it is!)… but I took a few wide-angle shots just to test to quality of the sky. It didn’t disappoint!
These are all single shots of 30 seconds duration, using a 16mm lens on a crop-frame DSLR. Very little processing has been performed on the images, as I wanted to keep them close to what you can see with the naked eye.
E-Eye View to the West by Mike Meynell[/url], on Flickr
E-Eye View to the East by Mike Meynell[/url], on Flickr
E-Eye Looking towards Orion by Mike Meynell[/url], on Flickr
I am glad you enjoyed it. I will post some pictures in the coming days. All I wanted to do last night was sleep!
I found this on the infernal web:
Guess who pointed him in this direction^.
Kayron was my first hosting customer for E-Eye. He actually visited E-Eye on Saturday and we were supposed to meet up but we were in Jerez.
First processing attempt of Rosette Nebula taken at E-Eye. Due to the late start I did not have the chance to gather as many frames as I would have liked. The scope guiding did not work first time, so rather than waste time I went with running my Fornax Lightrack travel mount unguided. Never having tried that at 350mm FL was a bit of a gamble. In the end it turned out OK. There were a few frames that were not perfect for various reasons. By the time my first run ended it was -5C and my bed and the thought of being warm was a stronger draw than taking more pictures.
So this is only 4 x 5 minute frames taken with a one shot colour camera. Quite pleased with the result. Need to play with the processing a bit more to make the gas cloud ‘pop’ but not quite sure how to do that yet.
Rosette 210117 v1 by Rupert Smith[/url], on Flickr
Beautiful image, Rupert. I love how you’ve retained the individual star colours, and the emission nebula detail is really stunning for only 20 minutes of exposure.
Makes you realise what will be possible when we’ve learned the lessons from our trip. I’ll certainly be better equipped next time!
Re process of the Rosette. Need more than 20mins of data to do more
Rosette 210117 v2 by Rupert Smith[/url], on Flickr
Wow! Your Rosette Nebula image is stunning, Rupert! I have no other words. Just wow!
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