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Towards the Galactic Center
Towards the Galactic Center

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2012-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Kariani, Greece
Date: Jul 22, 2012
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 20 min (total)
Galleries: Sky, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2012

Although not completely irrelevant, I apologize for the title (sounds and fit well for this image), as the galactic center can't be seen within the FOV. The center of our galaxy where a huge black hole lies, would be (more or less) inside the center of the frame for comments, below and between the voting numbers "9" and "10".

Some details for the equipment, exposure and post-processing:
- GoTo Mount : AstroTrac TT320X
- Camera : Canon 1000Da (modified for astrophotography)
- Focal Length : 70mm
- 10 stacked exposures : 9 x 120 sec at f3.5, 1 x 120 sec at f2.8
- FOV : 92.48%

- Alignment, calibration, stacking with DeepSkyStacker
- Further processing with PixInsight LE, PS CS3
In Photoshop:
Selective color
Color balance
Color Dodge
Blur (a little)
Clone out a few hot pixels that were enhanced because of the processing
Resize and save for web

Place: 30 out of 259
Avg (all users): 6.5138
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 6.4659
Avg (non-participants): 6.7143
Views since voting: 731
Views during voting: 185
Votes: 109
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/14/2012 02:32:56 PM
Hi Paschalis, and welcome to the Critique Zone!

This is a challenge - I have no experience of astro-photography so how to critique this? Hell, I couldn't take it, although I am inspire to learn how. Where is a good place to learn the techniques and how is your 1000D modified?

It is a lovely shot - not as clear as some of your others and with less obvious subjects but that is the nature of your subject here.

Sorry I can't say anything useful! If it helps, I think it is pure art, stolen from science.

Happy hunting,

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08/08/2012 08:17:49 AM
Completely underrated in my book. I expected this to be top 5. Wonderful stuff and thanks for continuing to inspire us with your work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2012 12:11:45 PM
just great
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08/07/2012 11:19:19 AM
Just an amazing scene, that I could stare at all night.
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08/07/2012 11:09:13 AM
What is this? It looks like outer space, but its crunchy look hints Not. It could be the bottom of an old frying pan. I'm coming back to read your notes, hoping for an explanation. Instant fav.
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08/05/2012 05:46:11 PM
Stunningly detailed!
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08/05/2012 09:04:02 AM
Wonderful image. Incredible detail for such a difficult subject. Should be rewarded... 10. Fave'd.
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08/04/2012 10:04:16 PM
I really like this images of stargazing the colors all blend together and yet there millions of miles away amazing stuff ..Well done 8
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08/02/2012 02:08:13 PM
Wow, beautiful sky shot. What lens did you use for this?
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08/02/2012 01:42:13 AM
wow, isn't the universe just amazing, truly!
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