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Taken 11-Aug-16
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Night Sky
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Keywords:Long, exposure, light, sky, night, stars, star, milky way, Perseids, Perseid Meteors, meteor, wide angle, starry, Pagham, Bognor Regis, sussex, west sussex, countryside, outside, harbour, harbor, celestial, night sky, sony, A700, fisheye, samyang, photoshop, topaz, layers, galaxy, science, space, astronomy
Photo Info

Dimensions5340 x 3560
Original file size13.9 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken12-Aug-16 00:27
Date modified12-Aug-16 11:39
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeSONY
Camera modelDSLR-A700
Max lens aperturef/1
Exposure30s at f/1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 3200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom0x
Milky Way and Perseid Meteor over Pagham Harbour

Milky Way and Perseid Meteor over Pagham Harbour

This shot was taken on a clear night this morning coinciding with the peak period of the Perseid Meteor Shower. I saw quite a few but not so many captured by the camera. Although I have taken a lot of Star Trail Shots this was my first attempt at shooting the Milky Way. Pagham Harbour is a nature reserve a mile from home and a gap in the coastal sprawl of light pollution. Apart from some small towns to the west which show in the picture the next towns are in France 100 miles away. I checked on suitable settings. These are not accurate in Exif as the Fisheye is a manual lens. I used my widest aperture of f3.5, 30 seconds and ISO of 30 seconds. Most wide angle lens require 20-25 seconds to avoid movement showing in the stars. With the Fisheye I was able to go to 30 seconds. The moon set at 12.20am and I took shots from then until 1.00am using the in camera Noise Reduction and a remote trigger device. It was quite warm at 16C and no problem with condensation.

I used a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8m. Taken with a Tripod looking south over the Harbour at low tide. One perseid captured on the left.

A lot of steps were taken in the processing to bring out the milky way starting with a brightness contrast adjustment layer with a mask to confine the effect to the milky way. This was followed by Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Clarity. A brightness adjustment with a mask was used to bring out the foreground a little. A Photoshop Action was used from Astronomy Tools to reduce the light pollution.