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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Art Of Astrophotography


Capturing the heavens can be a rewarding and altogether unique form of outdoor photography

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The Gear
I currently use a Losmandy GM 8 equatorial mount with a Gemini computer for superior imaging.
Cameras
Hasselblad CM 500 with a Carl Zeiss 50mm ƒ/4 lens
Nikon F4
Nikon F100
Nikon D100
Deep-Sky Lenses
Nikkor 300mm ƒ/2.8
Nikkor 400mm ƒ/5.6
Nikkor 500mm ƒ/4
Wide-Field Lenses
Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.4 at ƒ/2.8 for meteors and ƒ/4 for fine-art prints to avoid spherical aberration
Nikkor 28mm ƒ/2.8
Film
I highly recommend Fujichrome Provia 400X because of its saturation and its low reciprocity failure (when the photographic emulsion gets less sensitive as the exposure time is increased).
Photo Labs
Cantoo, Color Folio, NEWLAB and Pictopia have all done beautiful digital scans for me.

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