I said I was "going to map out the constellations and try to get Camera to take longer exposure photographs", and I did! Well, I managed to do half of it. Kind of...
While I couldn't find any way to take a longer-than-30-seconds exposure photo, I did start mapping out the constellations. And bugger me it's difficult! I had to brighten the photos even more (and mess around with the contrast, which left the stars surrounded by rectangular pixellated halos), and pore through books, star charts, and the interwebs to make sure I'd got the right stars in the right place. And even now I'm not sure that I have.
Oh, and I also found out that the two non-Orion photos in the previous post are upside down (depending on where you stand and which way you're facing...).
Anyway, the following are photos I took on 6th January - the last clear night here (it's been overcast, misty, and down right murky ever since).
|The photo on the left is the original, unadulterated 30 sec exposure shot; the one on the right is after I'd buggered around with the brightness and contrast sliders on Computron.|
Here's Orion over the scary house on the cliff again. The glow isn't from the scary house though, no, it's from a bloody Nightship stop! Somehow, I was unaware that Overstrand was serviced by the Nightship. I didn't think the village entertained enough of the usual sort who'd use such a method of transportation? Although, it would explain some of the raucousness that goes on outside my bedroom window some nights...
|January's northern latitude constellations looking south south-west (the adulterated original photo is on the left)|
The above selection of painstakingly researched constellations is one that I'm not best pleased with. The reason I'm not pleased is that I think I may have chosen the wrong stars in some of the constellations, but my photos (even after brightening) don't seem to match the "official sources" (probably because of stellar drift and the flat 2D nature of the images compared to the curved 3D nature of the heavens?). Also, there appears to have been some sort of star name standardisation that began in 2016 which I was not invited to (rude!), so some of the names on my photo may be obsolete (I'd already started naming them based on the names from the Universe book - which was published in 2005 - before I discovered the 2016 standardisation and couldn't be bothered to change them...).
Anyway, I'm going to take some more photos, and have another (probably several) go at star mapping, so prepare yourselves!
In case you're curious, my research took me as far as the National Geographic poster, The Heavens (small version pictured below); my 2012 Christmas present from SP, Universe, a lovely hardback book from DK; and Wikipedia.
* Post title from "Rule the World", Take That's 2007 single from their album Beautiful World, which featured in the film, Stardust.