Astronomy

Mike Takes On The Moose

Mike Takes On The Moose
  • If you’ve been following our reviews, you know we really like backpacks from MindShift Gear (a division of Think Tank Photo) because they work great for the adventures we like to do. I've been reviewing their packs for a few years now and the latest model I chose was the Moose Peterson MP-3 V2.0. There is a bigger version (than the MP-3 and a smaller version as well) but this model felt like the perfect size for my needs.

  • I'll be honest in saying that I did not buy this backpack. I had the opportunity to review it for MindShift Gear / Think Tank Photo and I was happy to do so. That said, I'm including my honest opinions on it without restraint. If there are areas where it did poorly, I will not hesitate to say so.

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Night Photography 2.0

Night Photography 2.0

For most people, night photography started with a digital camera…  following in the footsteps of others who inspired us to get out and shoot in the dark.  Our images were a little noisy and that reminded us that the higher ISO settings can give us more noise.  With that, we accepted that nightscape images are generally more noisy (than daytime landscape images) because of the limits of the cameras we have available.

Introducing Stacking To The World

Astronomers have had some ability to "stack" multiple exposures to reduce noise for years.  This is where we take advantage of the fact that the location of the noise dots on each exposure is different and this allows us to sort of "average" them together to get the noise dots to disappear where the points of light just reinforce each other.  The result is significant noise reduction - although the software that does this is generally very expensive and overly complicated.

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Best Android Smart Phone Apps For Night Photography

Best Android Smart Phone Apps For Night Photography

Are you an Android user who's interested in night photography?  Having been Android user for several years, I've come to appreciate a few of the apps I've been using to support my night photography and thought I'd share them here.  So while this isn't a list of all the apps I use (that list would be huge), these are just my favorites in three areas: Celestial Objects, Weather, and Navigation.

If you're an iPhone user with similar interests, check out my friend David Kingham's article on smartphone apps for night photography.

Celestial Objects 

Sky Safari Plus

Official Description: As just reviewed in Sky & Telescope magazine, the iOS version of SkySafari is "revolutionary" and a "game-changer". Now here for Android, SkySafari will change the way you do astronomy!  SkySafari Plus adds a hugely expanded database, wireless telescope control, the ability to fly into orbit around other planets our Solar System, and beyond it to other stars in our Milky Way galaxy, to our basic version...

Mike's Comments: This is my favorite astronomy app for my phone.  It has so many features, it really deserves more of my time to learn how to use them all.  Regardless, it's an amazing app that gets regular use - a real treat to use out in the field.  I got the more expensive version that includes details on satellites and comets but you don't have to...

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