Friday, June 03, 2011

Video: Plains Milky Way by Randy Halverson

I found this stunning time lapse video, on Vimeo, of the Milky Way shot by Randy Halverson.

Randy writes: For the month of May I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota.....I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a "Milapse" mount on the panning ones.

Canon 60D and T2i
Tokina 11-16
Sigma 20mm F1.8
Tamron 17-50

Shot in RAW format, the Milky Way shots were 30 seconds exposure F2.8 or F1.8 with 2 second interval between shots, for 3-4 hours run time.

Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.

And here is his results!

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.


John said...

Thanks for sharing that... I love looking up and I wish more people did too, then perhaps we wouldn't be where we are today...

Beam Me Up said...

John, I couldn't help but post it! It's wonderful art for its own sake and being a photographer I loved that he shared his technique with us.

Who was the guy on PBS that said something along that same line... Called himself starman? or something. He always closed with ...And keep looking to the sky! or something very near that.

John said...

... Glad to hear I have another "Star Gazing" buddy...

... Guess he passed away last year... I'll always remember his slogan to "Keep looking up".

You know... I loved this guy... Truly... He was part of my growth as a kid. I remember back in the 80's and 90's when I'd stay up late without my parents knowing on the old tube TV... I'd see my weekends out by watching Mystery Science Theater (on the old "SciFi" channel) and then I'd flip it to PBS real quick to catch the Sunday episode of Jack's Star Gazer... God I miss those days.... But, as with all things... Life never remains constant and we all move on, one way or another. I hope Jack is doing what he loved best right now... I bet he has the best seat in the house. ;)

Beam Me Up said...

Thanks for the link John
Yeah, he did. I loved his delivery. I really don't think it was affected either. He just genuinely loved astronomy and marveled at it.

I love just looking up at night. Some of my most exciting experiences have been during meteor showers. I always like to know where the elliptic is no matter where I am. That was one of the earliest things I taught my daughter, how to orientate to find the moon and planets. Now she is an accomplished photographer in her own right. She like me gets excited when Orion reappears for the winter months.

John said...

Yes... That's one of the most beautiful and easiest things to see... I love Orion too! Saturn is another one that a lot of people overlook... And lets not forget Venus when it's in transit and you only see half the planet... What an odd sight for the first time gazer. ;)

Beam Me Up said...

Ahhhhhh Saturn - I think the reason it is most overlooked is that other than a very bright "star" it is very difficult to resolve into a planet with rings (and a moon if you are extra lucky) without the proper equipment. It really doesn't take a really big scope. I had a 70mm with a 2x eye piece, and that was just barely enough to see the rings. But the plus there was I could also resolve Jupiter and 3 moons! That was a treat!

John said...

Yeah I've got a 90mm Meade PE Auto Tracker with UTHC coatings... I can see most of the planets, but yeah, I desire wayyyyy more than what I currently have. I'd love to get a 12-14" observatory grade scope connected to a 50" plasma screen TV and a networked computer for manipulation. ;) Fun stuff... LOL If I only had around 20k.

Beam Me Up said...

My brother has an autotracking Meade and considering what I fielded on my last outing, I would have been VERY envious of the Meade. All I had was a 70mm Meade refractor, but I could get the rings and the big moons. Good stuff.