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Deneb & NGC7000 region with the nifty 50


philjay
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Taken with modded Canon 1000d and my new 50mm f1.8 Mk2 prime lens at 800 asa, stopped down to f3.2 to control the blobby stuff and a bit cropped because I didn't do any flats. IDA 48mm filter taped and wedged into the lens hood in front of the lens. Mounted on HEQ5 unguided. This is 30 off 2 minute 800 asa subs sorted in Images plus and PS7


 


This is my second go at this, 1st was a laugh but finally cracked the fiddly manual focusing on the lens. The dew strap died on me part way through so had to keep the wet stuff at bay with a paint stripper gun on low :D


 


Quite pleased with the result especially for a 79.99 lens. Shame it doesn't behave better at full aperture of 1.8 but then I spose one would have to pay a lot more. Not bad for the money and a pretty good terrestrial lens.


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Nice work Phil,


 


Have a fast 50mm f1.4 for my Nikon but of course the body's not modded. You said last night you had difficulty focussing. Did you find a work around or just trial and error? Have to say it's nightmare with my 18 to 105 @ 18mm unless there is something bright around. Occasionally have got lucky and it's fixed on something! My last one I posted was trial and error and zooming in after taking a shot. Was really frustrating and not that happy with the process really. Was much easier with old manual focus lenses as infinity was infinity. You seam  to have done well.


 


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Hi Steve


My main problem is where the focus point is, there are no graduations on the manual ring like the good old days, its just a ring. Also the ring is about 4mm deep so trying to get my fingers in to turn it when I have a lens hood on the end of the lens was a pain.


I have now added some stick on tabs to the ring so I can operate the ring more easily without disturbing anything else.


My main problem was remembering which way I turned the ring last time but that's just old age not Canons fault :D


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Yep, the problem I have is I tweak the focus then take a 30 sec to 1 minute sub. During that time I faff around and get distracted so I forget which way I turned it last time, ah well it comes to us all eventually :D


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