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The Big Universe out there by Gautama-Siddharta The Big Universe out there by Gautama-Siddharta
The Milky Way - our own galaxy on the sky from south to north.
The lowest part that you see in the picture is the center of the galaxy. Unfortunately from the northern hemisphere it doesn't go high above the horizon.
The light you see at the top left is the city lights from the capital Skopje, located some 30 km to the north from the place where the photo was taken

4 images of 2 min. stacked. 10mm lens at f-4, ISO 1600 with tracking

Location: Rudine, Macedonia 11.10.2012

Previous try :thumb331982209: [link] little bit different
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:iconalexanderpaupoff:
AlexanderPaupoff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Hello,
This was featured in ArtistleFeatures Vol. V at #Artistle
Thank you for sharing your wonderful work :tea:
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Hello :wave:

You have been featured in #SkyAndNatureClub's Best of December 2012-Feature!
Please consider giving a :+fav: to spread the word, so more people can see the feature.

Have a nice day :hug:
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TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
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SantiBilly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Holy cow. Nice! :clap: :clap.
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thanks a lot :) Appreciate it
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful capture
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thanks :D
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful shot!
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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ArtisticLicenseNow Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great shot, thanks for sharing
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thanks a lot :D
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ununusual Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
it is a great one ! i actually cannot stop looking at it . i'm wondering wheter you were able to see it , even weakly with naked eye ?
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
You can't see color on the sky unfortunately. Our eyes don't function like cameras :( we lack that ability
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ununusual Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
ok that's what i thougt . so how you exactly knew that it was there specifically ? multiple attempts ?
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Astronomy is my hobby so I know where is the Milky Way. And you can see it on the sky, just have to out of big city lights and it is there, not in colors like this but in some grayish gradient.

Anyway to be able to capture it like this you have to be well outside of a city in some dark countryside. That means at least 30 km away from any big city
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devious-snake Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so cool, do you have to have a certain kind of camera to do this? I have a bridge camera that i can set the aperture and all that but I cant put different lenses on it, can that work?
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thanks a lot.

Regarding what you need: of course the best is to have a DSLR as you have much more options regarding setup, lenses etc.
Regarding your camera, you need to use high ISO value (1600, 3200) don't know what you have, although the noise will be substantial. And the most important is the exposure. Don't know if you can make long exposures as here 2 min.
If you are able to control the exposure more than 15 or 30 sec than you will be able to make it, just to go on some really dark place.
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AgiVega Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I tried this once, using the maximum exposure my camera managed (which was about 30-35 seconds) and all I got was tiny little white lines. I wonder: is it possible that the stars moved so much within 30 seconds, so as to draw those tiny lines on the sky/photo? Or what was I doing wrong? In your photo the stars look like dots, not like lines. What is the secret? Thanks in advance for telling me!
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
They move on every lens if you don't have tracking mount. This is tracking that is used for the telescopes that are set to track the movement of the sky. That is how in my picture the stars are dots. I putted the camera on a tracking mount and made the photos.

Additionally the lines depend on the focal length of the lens, more wider they will be smaller, more zoom lens they will be bigger
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AgiVega Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I see. I never knew that such a tracking mount was needed - and now that I've looked it up, I guess star photography will always remain a dream only. A tracking mount is way too expensive. But thanks for the info anyway. :)
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simaso Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
amazing photography
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
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:icondevious-snake:
devious-snake Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Ill have to look at mine to see but thank you, this gives me a good place to start
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:icongautama-siddharta:
Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
No problem :)
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Sharerai93 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
can u tell me how u can do this shot ? when i try to shot the stars or the moon i don't see anything only the black .Nice job
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The camera for this was placed on a tracking mount that tracks the sky, in order the stars not to move.

Anyway if you have a DSLR camera you can make it, all you need is a tripod. The stars wont be like this, maybe small lines depending on the exposure.

The best setting is: high ISO from 800 till 3200 (depending on camera and noise ratio)
wide angle lens as fast as possible to be able to have shorter exposures.
And of course the exposures will be from 30 sec up to 2-3 min again depending on camera, lens and ISO values.
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Sharerai93 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks man :)
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
You are welcome
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