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Startrails @ Home


Last Wednesday night the forecast looked good: no clouds, no rain and almost new moon, so I setup my tripod and laptop at my balcony, I used NkRemote to record a time-lapse starting from 23 till 5, exposure was locked to 30 sec at f5, a pause of 30 seconds between shots. After the firsts shot succeeded I went to sleep (no risk of thieves, I live on the third floor with no access to my balcony)

At 6 I woke up and took everything inside and went off to work.


Today I processed everything. Things to remember next time:

- No pause of 30 seconds between shots

- battery can only last for 300 shots

- portrait mode instead of landscape


I was gladly pleased that in our light polluted country it's still possible to make some interesting star trails. The colors you see are already from the rising sun at 2h30 ! Still working on a version without of the 175 first shots, it's a little bit darker


.To get the full effect view this on black



My home in Boechout, Belgium

This image is also geotagged


Technical stuff:

211 shots of 30" @ f5 shot between 23 and 2h30

merged them with the StarTrails application

a little bit of post processing in photoshop to remove some strange highlights in the trees.



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Taken on June 18, 2010