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Old November 12th, 2002, 08:37 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm new to the forum,and will be purchasing a Sony PD 150 to
be doing commercials,PSA's,and other good stuff with.
Right now,I have an Idea for a commercial,and would like to see
if I could get a wide angle view of the night sky-stars visible
and clear if possible.I realize I have to have a clear night of course,but I'm wondering if the Century adaptors would be best
for this,or if any other adaptors would be better.
Thanks,and look forward to the replies.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 08:13 AM   #2
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I'm wondering whether you'll have enough light from the stars...
Give it a try! Nothing beats testing yourself. I've never tried it
with my XL1s. Will do that sometime. Good luck!
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Old November 13th, 2002, 11:28 AM   #3
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I think you would be better served to find the program, Universe, which will generate a starfield much better than you can tape. If you need one to 'twinkle,' you might put a still frame of the night sky in After Effects and move generate a random patterned alpha channel around the visual field to create the twinkle.

In reality, the stars subtend just about a pixel at best and that means you will get a bright blinking point of light for each star. No variety and, in general, pretty ugly.

Otherwise, wide is probably not what you want. Telephoto might give you a decent frame or two with some stars actually looking like stars. Make it quick because the Earth's rotation will cause them to swing across the field of view at a noticable rate.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 05:35 PM   #4
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Mike and Rob,

Thank you for the replies.Mike,I think you may have the best idea-
is the Universe program a software,or a specific tape of images
of the universe? Otherwise,when my Century Optics come in,
will give that a shot also and let you know how it came out.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 09:30 PM   #5
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Universe is, I think, freeware. I downloaded a copy some time ago. Try a search for it. Or go to Jumbo or some other software nexus.

Unfortunately, I had a C-drive crash some time ago and lost the program myself.
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