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Steven Christenson ADMIN August 8, 2014
If your photo is not a STAR TRAIL you will be REMOVED from the group.

** No MILKY WAY ** (unless it's also as star trail), no meteors (unless also a star trail) or no point stars.

Group Description

Send in your shots of star trails of the night sky to share with everyone. All you need is a camera with long exposure setting, a tripod, cable release, and some clear dark night skies.

In as little as 20 seconds in a telephoto lens, or 90 seconds with wide angle lenses - you will start seeing those telling star trails that trace the movement of our planet through the heavens.

To see trails that rotate around a central point - look to the celestial poles for the centre of rotation. Polaris (the North Star) in the Northern Hemisphere, or a region near σ Octantis - pointed to by the Southern Cross in the southern hemisphere.

I suspect there could be some incredible long exposure star trail imagery from the equator using 180 degree fish eyes - where both poles are in the image!

Here are three links to get you started on taking great star trail (a.k.a. star streaks) shots.

Star Trails Tome

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please only post photos that contain star trails visible in the thumbnail in them. No moon shots, constellation shots, or deep sky stuff. There are other groups dedicated to those. If the Star Trails are NOT the focus point of the image - this is probably not the group for you. Reposts of the same photo will be denied. Repeat offenders will be banned.

Group Rules

Only star trails shots are permitted.

Shots of the Milky Way, starry skies, satellites, comets, meteors, or any other subject that do not also have prominent streaks of stars will be rejected and the submitter is likely to be removed from the group.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 1 thing to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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