Big Dipper Setting Over Telescope Dome

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  1. astrostu

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    I took this snapshot Thursday night after photographing the constellation Aquila. This photo was taken with a 35 mm lens at f/1.4 and ISO 200 for 15 seconds. It also had a cross-screen filter on to get the diffraction spikes on the stars.

    I went through A LOT of editing, including removing vignetting, correcting color, removing color from the dome, removing two chimneys, removing something else, removing tree duplicates due to wind, removing a protrusion from the dome, and removing an airplane.

    This is probably some of my most "advanced" PhotoShop work in terms of removing stuff I didn't want in there and getting it to look more the way I wanted than the raw photo. Hence, I'm also attaching the original (first one) for comparison.

    I know I didn't do the best of jobs getting rid of that main chimney thing, but I'm still looking for C&C.

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  2. Kanikula

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    Fab work! Well done!! However im finding those trees too distracting......
     
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    Lovely shot of the dipper!!!
     
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    Thats absolutely fantastic. I wish I had one of those to get space pics.
     
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    Nice work :)
     
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    great shot of ursa major, i like the colors in the second shot way better... :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    I like this a lot. Plastic spanner would be the best person to c&c here, this is his kind of shots. Is he still around?
     
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    I know I am wierd, so keep that in mind, but I like the first picture best. tho the trees are a little distracting, the sky looks more like what my eye would see if I was standing where you were standing.

    but it does amaze me how great everyone is at editing!
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    I have an edit, if you make it okay. I love the pic.
     
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    Wow. Cool edit! I like it a lot. It is just so nice to see how the "handle" of the "dipper" seems to wrap around the dome of the observatory!

    If there are any "too" distracting" trees (true fact is that I personally am not too bothered by them!), it would be the black one ... but I like the sunlit yellow ones! To my mind, they don't take away any from the overall image.
     

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