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    Ladies and gentlemen... Saturn over the Singapore sky last night...



    Nikon V1 + FT1 + Kenko 1.4x TC + Kenko 2x TC + Sigma 150-500mm @ 500mm

    Therefore, effective focal length = 3780mm.

    ISO 400, 1/13 sec.

    No idea with the aperture was as I had to use masking tape to open up the aperture to the maximum and mask out some contact. So V1 EXIF reporting f0. Heavily cropped, then PP as best I could in Photoshop.

    The V1 helped me achieved a childhood dream of seeing the rings of Saturn with my own eyes.

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    3800mm!!! Lol
    You should try using a scope with the setup next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai
    Ladies and gentlemen... Saturn over the Singapore sky last night...

    Nikon V1 + FT1 + Kenko 1.4x TC + Kenko 2x TC + Sigma 150-500mm @ 500mm

    Therefore, effective focal length = 3780mm.

    ISO 400, 1/13 sec.

    No idea with the aperture was as I had to use masking tape to open up the aperture to the maximum and mask out some contact. So V1 EXIF reporting f0. Heavily cropped, then PP as best I could in Photoshop.

    The V1 helped me achieved a childhood dream of seeing the rings of Saturn with my own eyes.
    Assuming u are at ur biggest aperture, u should be abt F/14 including all ur converters and sigma at 500mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmeeran
    3800mm!!! Lol
    You should try using a scope with the setup next.
    Indeed contemplating. But must clear with Commander in Chief at home. Lately she complaining I have too much photography stuff lying around the house already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai

    Indeed contemplating. But must clear with Commander in Chief at home. Lately she complaining I have too much photography stuff lying around the house already.
    I'm in the process of petitioning for a scope as well. Doesn't look very promising at the moment. :-D
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    I didn't know we can see Saturn from Singapore skies! Beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Indeed contemplating. But must clear with Commander in Chief at home. Lately she complaining I have too much photography stuff lying around the house already.
    Since the complaint is already there, you may as well bring it to new heights! After all, how often do you get to shoot Saturn..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruggink View Post
    Since the complaint is already there, you may as well bring it to new heights! After all, how often do you get to shoot Saturn..
    Well, on most clear nights when we are near saturn of course....

    Right now Mars is also a nice target.
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    Good effort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Right now Mars is also a nice target.
    Will certainly try that! Unfortunately, my apartment is blocked by many taller buildings on several sides. Only a limited field of view

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Will certainly try that! Unfortunately, my apartment is blocked by many taller buildings on several sides. Only a limited field of view
    The planets all track the same line on the evening sky. So it should be easy to find - otherwise, step outside!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmeeran View Post
    I'm in the process of petitioning for a scope as well. Doesn't look very promising at the moment. :-D
    my room has some space. do you want to store your gear at my place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309

    my room has some space. do you want to store your gear at my place?
    Unfortunately the issue is not lack of space but rather the budget shortfalls. Donations for "help me shoot the planets" fund welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmeeran View Post
    3800mm!!! Lol
    You should try using a scope with the setup next.
    I had digiscoped Saturn before with a Leica scope. The result is not as good as UncleFai's.
    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Ladies and gentlemen... Saturn over the Singapore sky last night.
    Well done!

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    nice try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Indeed contemplating. But must clear with Commander in Chief at home. Lately she complaining I have too much photography stuff lying around the house already.
    Nice... I didnt know we could shoot saturn from singapore skies. I wonder, with your setup... you will see clearly the ISS (International Space Station) and the surface of the moon.
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    Just for comparison, this is the kind of results you will get with digiscoping.

    Beyond the moon, LX5 shoots Mars, Saturn: extreme digiscoping: Panasonic Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

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    Someone pointed me to astronomy stacking freewares... and indeed I got a cleaner picture after stacking 15 shots with RegiStax (http://www.astronomie.be/registax/download.html):



    I so want to do a reshoot but so far the sky has been most uncooperative
    Last edited by UncleFai; 19th April 2012 at 01:48 PM.

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    UncleFai, at the rate you are going, you will be posting your pictures here:
    SingAstro • View forum - Astrophotography

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    Wow.. didn't know can capture this here. but its good try.

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