Unguided Astro-Imaging Examples

One question put to me was why I started this discussion using 35mm as opposed to some digital format.  Two reasons: 
  • I was hoping to get some interest from people who haven't tried astrophotography before, and
  • Starting with this concept, most beginners already have or can easily obtain (read can afford) the 4 things needed to take these kinds of photos: 
  • A camera that has a bulb-type setting,
  • A tripod
  • A cable release
  • film
  • hb1.jpg (41098 bytes)
    This is a Gary Liknes photo.   Hale-Bopp. 

    Particulars: Taken in Rural Wilmot, OH (Amish Country).  It was 
    on Kodak Royal Gold 400 print film, 50mm lens, tripod mounted 
    (with cable) release, approx. 40 sec. exposure. Used Paint Shop Pro
    to adjust Gamma to a more neutral sky color.  Taken in early March 1997 
    at around 10:30 p.m. EST. 

    orion1.jpg (32367 bytes)
    Another Gary Liknes photo.   Orion is often a target due to the 
    several nebulous regions in that part of the sky 

    Particulars: Taken in Rural Wilmot, OH, in March 1997 on 
    Kodak Royal Gold 400 using a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm lens f/2.8 
    @ aprox. 45 sec. exposure.  Paint Shop Pro was used to adjust 
    Gamma for a more neutral sky color. 

    Old Faithful at Night
    This is a Dave Ross photo.  As suggested before, a good foreground can 
    make a good astrophoto better.  Even non-astronomy types might like it! 

    Particulars: Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.  It was on 
    Kodak Gold 200 print film, 50mm lens, tripod mounted (with cable) release, 
    45 sec. exposure. Taken on 10 June 1991 23:30 MST. The bright star is zeta Cygni.

    Auroa Curtain
    Another Dave Ross photo.  Auroa pictures are almost always colorful, 
    and if you keep the exposure relatively short, the texture of the display is
    not completely lost. 

    Particulars: Taken in Bolivar, OH, 8 Nov, 1991 20:00 EST, on 
    Kodak Ecktachrome using an OM-1 with a 50mm lens f/2.8 @60 sec.
    exposure.  The Hyades are visible surrounded by aurora.