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In search of Asteroid 2012 DA14

 

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Not my best ever photograph but I am very happy to have been one of the many watchers on this night.

 

It was 4 am, 16th Feb in Australia (Adelaide). I was woken by my youngest and descided it might be a good idea to grab a camera and head outside (very warm outside). I had planned to be out there at 6 am but I was awake anyway so why not head out. I was not going to use the 8" Newtonian, just a camera, so I was not going to wake the house assembling things.

 

I was ill prepared. A camera, Tripod, remote release, chair, Tamrom 250-500mm lens and Canon 70-200mm L lens.

 

I had an article on my iPad to help me locate Asteroid 2012 DA14. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/02/13/3688782.htm" rel="nofollow">www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/02/13/3688782.htm</a>

It showed where it would be at roughly 4:45 am through to 6 am when twilight would make viewing DA14 impossible (as it enters Leo).

 

I had a compass so finding West was easy (using my red torch light). Unfortuntly the light in the West was polluted by street lights so the camera saw more than me. I could find the southern Cross (Crux) easy enough. I had my bearings but I still found it very hard to find 2012 DA14. I ended up pointing the camera in the approximate direction (And as it was pitch black, I soon discovered I did not even have the tripod level but could not tell at the time).

 

I then proceeded to take images across the sky hoping to catch something. (I took photos from Vela accross to Crater). Not sure where I captured this.

 

Canon 7D, ISO 3200, 5 sec shutter (hence the star trails), 200 mm. F/8

 

I saw a number of satelites pass over. I could pick them out with their flashing lights. Then I saw something different and this image is what I captured. It might be DA14, not sure but it was in the right place, right time, right angle etc.

 

I propose that this is Asteroid 2012 DA14, which passed by Earth at a distance of around 20,000 miles and a speed of around 18,000 mph. Object size was approximately 150feet across.

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Macro ring light makes the eyes very animated and a little freaky.

 

Canon 5D, MPE65mm, 2x mag

 

Meike FC-100 Macro Ring Flash LED Light (Economy ring flash or light with variable power and modes allowing 1/2 ring flash).

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At least you can say you saw DA14. Thats awesome.

 

Also, dat spider. Aaaargh! Great shot...but terrible subject...8-)

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Hello World ! (Yes, I am not dead).

It has been ages since I have posted. Work has been hard and as I own my own business, it has been a 24x7 kind of hard.

 

Anyway, here is a pic I have over processed in HDR, to make it look cool

 

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Magna from the Salt Pan

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Magna in the salt pan

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Comodore in mud

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Gemini in mud

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IR 590 Semaphore

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Water at Semaphore

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Salt Pan sunset

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Nice Elise or is/was it an Exige? Also like the HDR effect on the cars a lot, not too heavy and it brings out the textures well.

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Nice Elise or is/was it an Exige? Also like the HDR effect on the cars a lot, not too heavy and it brings out the textures well.

 

You have a good eye. It is an Elise.

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Nice Elise or is/was it an Exige? Also like the HDR effect on the cars a lot, not too heavy and it brings out the textures well.

 

You have a good eye. It is an Elise.

 

 

"Ma favourite" as the saying goes...

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Beautiful shots as always.

 

Love the shot inside the rover such a nice idea - definitely my favourite photo, if not my favourite car :P

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Beautiful shots as always.

 

Love the shot inside the rover such a nice idea - definitely my favourite photo, if not my favourite car :P

I loved the wood work in that car and the HDR did a nice job (ignoring my feet)

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Stars !

 

4 am at Mt Crawford in South Australia .... brrr cold

 

 

20 seconds, ISO (H) for a Canon 5D - I think it is 3200 ?

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1 hour, ISO (L) - 50.

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20 seconds, ISO (H)

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Normally I'm not a fan of too much hdr, but they work well with the cars. I like. The colour of the sheet metal really pops :)

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Normally I'm not a fan of too much hdr, but they work well with the cars. I like. The colour of the sheet metal really pops :)

I agree about HDR. These images are very heavy or Extreme HDR. As the items are metal with reflections, it makes them look awesome.

I normally only take HDR if there are heavy storm clouds and I want the impact look of the shades of black and grey.

 

Still, the huge and varried number of ways of taking photos is what keeps it interesting.

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So I have been busy taking photos and not posting. Looking back, here are some favorites.

 

Fire Wool spinning

 

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Retro

 

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Tribute to Anzac's

 

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A trip to the beach

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My tribute to Orion's great nebula

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And stars

 

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