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Old July 18th, 2002, 01:08 PM   #16
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The star trails aren't necessary but I can see how they can be done in Premiere. I'm more after the "Baraka" look where the landscape stays still but you can see the stars movement in the background.
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Old July 18th, 2002, 01:38 PM   #17
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Hi,

to achieve your goal you would be best off by getting hold of a 8" or larger Newtonian telescope and rigging the XL-1 to the eyepiece holder (not an easy task). Then point the scope at the horizon and don't touch a thing. I know the Pinnacle DV300 had a time lapse function that would allow the use of a 1 hour tape rather than 8 hours...there must be other products around.

I have seen excellent planetary images captured through a 10" Meade scope mounted on a motorised equatorial mount (allows for the tracking of a celestial object) and the XL-1. A smaller DV cam would be a lot easier.

The larger the scope the more light gathering power and hence the brighter the image. Full moon through a 8" Newtonian can be uncomfotable bright for the eyes. Scopes are also like lenses and are rated by F stop. The one I built was an F8 1825mm focul length. When you get a decent F4 man the stuff you see is so bright.

Go find some scope sights.

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Old July 18th, 2002, 01:48 PM   #18
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Whoah. That's a lot of gear.

Perhaps I should try to contact my local stargazers club to see if they can assist...
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Old July 18th, 2002, 01:52 PM   #19
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Now ya talking,

Generaly stargazers are nutters..(don't tell them that). Seriously have have a passion for their craft and I would not be surprised if some are nor already rigged for your requirement. Some will definitely be rigged for 35mm stills.

Good thinking

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Old July 18th, 2002, 04:16 PM   #20
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It might be cheaper and easier to just get a particle filter / plug-in for your NLE and just fake it. <g>
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Old July 18th, 2002, 04:18 PM   #21
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Well yeah I could do it in Maya too but that's not really the point. :) I want to get the true star movements from a certain point in Vancouver. :)

Anyway, I've already got an idea who to hook up with. He is a REAL stargazer enthusiast who actually sells all kinds of telescopes including the Newtonian one that was mentioned upthread.
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Well, if you insist on doing it the hard way, Keith... <g>

Sky & Telescope Magazine has a section of tips that might lead you to good stuff.

http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/imaging/default.asp
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