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The Night Sky
The moving pattern of the stars provide another fun way to capture night sky images.
To achieve the circular pattern in this picture the camera was aimed at the north pole star,
the fixed point in the sky. Use the timer, or bulb setting to keep the shutter open and
record the apparent movement of the stars. Any interesting foreground object can provide the focus.
Pointing the camera east/west will give straighter, diagonal trails. Colour film reveals the varied
colours of the stars.
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Mounting a camera onto a telescope allows you to photograph fainter night sky object, such as the Orion Nebula.
Unless you have a tracking mount that follows the star movements, exposure times have to be short to prevent trailing
effects. I'm still working on succesfully photographing Jupiter & Saturn.
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