Hi Folks! Here JBOTV will be posting various astrophotography and night scapes for 2020. We will also post our settings and other info pertaining to the shoot. This page will be updated every month starting March 2020. Below is our basic set up that is fairly standard for each shoot however exposures time vary depending on focal length and weather.
Image capture in the field:
Cannon 200D\SL2, Tonika 11-16 F 2.8 ISO usually 400-1600. While composing shots we will use an ISO of over 6000, but all our takes will be under 1600 RAW + Jpeg. Monfrotto tripods, Ioptron equatorial mount and ball head, Vello Intervalometer, Cannon 50mm prime F 1,8 and 24mm prime F2.8, Tameron 18-200mm, Green Lazer Pointer.
Post processing and planning:
Photoshop CC, lightroom, and Deep Sky Stacker, Stellarium for PC, Dew Point.
My Radar, Photo Pills, Polar Finder Pro, Polar Alignment, Sky Map, and Sun Position.
Other gear for the field:
Gaffers tape, Hot Hands heat packs to combat dew, Opolar Fan for condensation and bugs, Off insect fan, 1 black sock and 5 rubber bands used to wrap the lens, various flashlights for light painting and one red light for operating equipment.
2019 was a busy year for JBOTV producing the Short Film “The Milky Way Galaxy our Home” As seen from the Eastern Shore. The principle production lasted 4 months and the B Roll timelapse took 4 years to produce. The film so far has been selected for 5 festivals and has one 3 awards for Cinematography, Editing, and Music. I attended two of the festivals and we really had a blast, met a ton of new friends and screen a lot of films. It is great to see all the talent out there! If you have not seen our film yet the link s below.
Wishing you clear skies, tight lines, and good eats!
Jim Baugh Outdoors TV
Milky Way March 2020 Magothy Bay Eastern Shore of Virginia:
Following up from last years award winning Milky Way Galaxy Short Film, JBOTV for 2020 is now tracking the stars with a series of stills featuring our new equatorial mount which compensates for the rotation of the Earth enabling for much longer exposures. We will film at least once a month for the Milky Way season from March to June. We are fortunate to be filming on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that has skies ranging from Bortle class 1-4.
Story and photo info for Magothy Bay: We have been plagued with overcast skies for the duration of March. The morning of the 31st, the skies were predicted to be clear with about 10% cloud cover. The thick fog was a big problem. It for sure was gonna be a busted shoot. However somewhere between 3:30am and 4 in the morning, the fog blew through for about 4 minutes. This gave us the opportunity to film two exposures totaling 3.5 minutes. Then the clouds and fog roared right back overhead. It was a VERY small window to film, but as Michael McDonald sang, “If that what it takes” our shutter was open. Below is the photo info.
Milky Way: Cannon 200D/Sl2, Two (2) exposures, one at 30seconds at 1600 ISO, one at 3 minutes 800 ISO. F2.8, 11-16 millimeter lenses with four heat packs to combat dew. Vello intervalometer, Ioptron SKY tracker equatorial mount with Ioptron Ballhead, and monfrotto tripod. Post Processing, Lightroom, Photochop CC, and Deep Sky Stacker.
Foreground: Light painted for 5 seconds during 15 second exposure. A total of 2 exposures at 15sec each, 800 ISO F2.8. Mastered in Photoshop CC.
Second image was also takin at Magothy Bay with reeds in the foregound.
Godspeed, JB. JBOTV
February Orion and Pleiades:
We only had a few clear nights on the Shore this month but did get out with the new Sky Tracker. This was our first attempt and certainly made some mistakes rigging out the mount. A ball head is not something I ever used in 33 yrs of production, I did not think it would have a learning curve, but it did! We shot this with a 50mm prime and a 200mm tameron. After this shoot I got things straightened out with the rig and ready for the next shoot. This was filmed at Mermaid Bay on the beach.
|Orion Nebula 200mm (320eq)|
|Orion 50mm prime|
|Orion Nebula 200mm tracked (but mount was wrong)|
More to come!