Sky at Night - markhumpage
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StarTrail 01/02 July 2014, Leicestershire, UK. Summer startrail captured with Olympus OM-D E-M5 & 8mm lens. If you look closely the image contains a small meteor (could be Iridium flare?) NW of the North Star (Polaris), the pole star around which all others spin.
How did I capture it? - Camera on tripod F3.5, ISO 320, 10s. Manual focus set to infinity I composed the image around the North Star (Polaris) to ensure a swirly star trail above the property. The first shot was captured/exposed through the lcd screen and then using the remote cable (set to lock) and turning off lcd (maximise battery) I depressed shutter. This allowed the camera to shoot continuous for 4 hours. Long summer days reduce summer shots down to 4 hrs. To complete the process I transferred all images (High res JPEG) to MAC and imported/stacked in StarStax software. Plane trails removed using Pixelmator software. The final composite reveals the visual effect of Earth spinning, as shown through the stars :-)

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