November in Ukraine is the worst month for astrophotography. According to statistics, it is in November that the least clear nights and, I think, everyone who watch or photograph night sky remembers this endless clouds and disgusting weather in the whole.
But sometimes miracles happens:) I took the chance, bought take a train ticket to the Carpathians in one morning and was there tonight. With myself, besides the usual derivative equipment and photographic equipment, I also grabbed the mount from my telescope to try with it to put a very long exposure for the sky. Read more about this dubious construction in the review of EQ2
I like the station Voronenko:) Every time you get out of the way to a completely desolate platform, somewhere within Carpathian forest. The train goes away and immediately find yourself in complete darkness under a clean starry sky. It is always very motivating to start your path up as soon as possible : )
My arrival here is an accurate calculation. I followed the weather and knew should be good, but I still not believed in such a clean sky in November! I stop and without a tripod, putting the camera on the ground, I take a picture for a very long exposure to know how it looks. It turns out at this moment there was an intense airglow of the atmosphere. In the picture it looks like red lines in the starry sky and the green light closer to the horizon.
I like fruits very much, but pulling them in hikes is meaningless. This is not the most nutritious food. And finally, up a little, I sat down to rest and looked over the supplies. Suddenly I find the persimmon, which I planned to eat before leaving the house, but forgot about it.
And now, here, at an altitude of 1300, in the snow, in the cold, this juicy milder persimmon is the most delicious fruit in the world! It’s just ambrosia at the right time, in the right place!
Do not forget about the Vitamins in the winter – then they will not forget about you : D
The night burns! The green and red airglow does not stop : )
And here is the Moon rises:
The appearance of his orange light from the forest is always sudden and very deceptive. Think that someone has got a fire or switched on the light in his house, but then you realize the cruel reality…
Every time I get caught in this delusion : )
I need to climb higher to the top of the ridge there is an open space and a view of Chornohora mountain range.
It was already around the third night. The moon shone high in the sky, and photographs in this light look like a day. Everything was perfectly visible because of snow.
Here I put a tent and slept a little. When the twilight came I woke up and appreciated the landscape: the big mountain is Petros, the distant mountains in the center of the frame are Blysnyzi.
On the opposite side are preparations for sunrise : )
Here is Hoverla, from it to the left is all the of Chornora range extends.
Beautiful : )
I want to take the opportunity and take a photo of a beautiful phenomenon, which happens always at sunset and sunrise, but not noticeable, because it requires a unique good weather and an open horizon – well, right now : )
Such darkness over the horizon in the opposite side of the sun is called the belt of Venus, it is a shadow from the Earth in the upper atmosphere.
At some point, the edge of the darkness is painted in a rich violet-pink hue.
Each of us at least once in a life saw this picture, but it is good to photograph, if honestly, only now. Enjoy:
In just a few minutes the sun is already rising and illuminates the surrounding mountains:
Before the onset of the night still managed to run back to the tent and bring all their belongings in the hut.
Even at dusk above the southern horizon a bright triangle shone. On the right, the brightest is Venus. In the middle of the red Mars, it is inscribed directly inside such a “smile” of the stars which is the constellation of Capricornus. The bright white and blue star to the left is Fomalhaut. Under them is Chornohora range with Hoverla mountain.
I go back to the house, burn the oven and rest. So far, nothing special is being photographed, I wait for a more intense night, when most winter constellations will descend and it will be possible to get something interesting : )
Closer to midnight Orion is already rising. I test the possibility of taking pictures on the mount from my EQ2. After a little of adapted to polar axis everything works good : ) When I tried a few-minute exposures in wide angles I get a perfectly acceptable result. Particularly striking is the appearance of such pink nebulae on such expositions, which is a constellation rich. When working with the usual 20-30 seconds, they are almost invisible. The red glare on the ground is the light from the lamp on the EQ2 drive, it shines in fact is not brighter than cigarettes, but this shutter speeds well exposured even this.
Climb the ridge. I try to make a frame with the winter Milky Way. I was suffering a lot with this EQ2 mount, but I like this result! I have never received anything like this before.
Also I try to make a circular panorama of the whole sky. This is difficult because the working plane of the mount is at an angle and the tripod head rotates not parallel to the horizon. All the same many singles for panoramas came hopelessly skewed. Then, in the process of postproduction, and failed to adequately it all glued into the whole picture, therefore, he left only some single frames from that flawed mind, as if to remember:
Returned to the house, tossed a bit of firewood for the sake of this picture:
I made everything conceived, relaxed and prepared tea. There are already no comments here:
I slept a little and again rushed to catch the Belt of Venus before dawn.
The wide panorama has shown the scale and beauty of this phenomenon best.
Climbed to the ridge, where on the opposite side already began to go up the sun. His first rays looked very aesthetically from the edge of the neighboring mountain and illuminated the valley below.
I was walking around in the rays of the dawn, listening to music, enjoying the beauty around. I could not believe that for the third day in the Carpathians there was still no cloud. I checked out later. On the rest of the territory was the usual November weather, clouds, rain, mist, but here is just some kind of anomaly : )
I turned back on the southern slope and descended to other houses. This, you might say, is a local capital : )
There are many different buildings here and in summer life is boiling. There is also nobody here. All the houses are open and everyone can stop there.
Climbed on the roof of one of the houses and appreciated the landscape. Thinking that it would be cool to celebrate the New Year here : )
I returned to the hut, ate, dried shoes and clothes and went to sleep.
Since evening, I have tried to make a photo of the constellations of Auriga and Taurus. Rising, they fit perfectly into the frame. I was pleased with this shot, but with Orion, the east of which I waited in two hours, I was not lucky.
The drive of EQ2 was slowing down and even at maximum speed gave only half the required. As a result, very long exposures became inaccessible. I decided not to bother, took off all this hellish design from EQ2 to the devil, and then photographed as usual, just from the tripod. What kind of relief was this, I will tell you!
It was interesting to try, but I do not agree more. I need to buy a tracker : )
I take a picture with northern constellation.
At the same place took a panorama. Since the mount now does not interfere, to capture everything was possible smoothly and quickly, although not on the minutes. Instead, it was then sealed at all without problems!
A few more single frames used for this panorama:
I waited for Orion to rise a little higher and after a couple of hours I made another panorama from another slope:
This photo is also good : )
It is, in fact, the culmination of the Winter Milky Way in all its glory, from Canis Major to Cepheus.
One of the single frames for panorama:
I also take a photo with Orion high in the sky above Hoverla and Petros, which had already been lit by the rising moon:
Once again I go to another slope of the spine, where, in fact, the Moon will be visible. He is already in this phase, when one frame fails to pull everything out, so unite a few different exposure ranges to do both the very earth and the illuminated side of the moon.
It was already 3AM. I met with a calm soul and went to bed, and in the morning, when I decided to return home, “finally” and the weather was getting worse. It seems like the heavenly office chose to keep these 3 perfect star nights in the mountains for late fall : )