Martinique — Day Fifteen — Astrophotography of the Night Sky with a Fuji X100T

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I reviewed the original Fuji X100 when it came out, and decided it wasn’t for me — a bit too slow for my tastes, and the sensor wasn’t there yet. Two generations later, in April 2015, I finally accepted the X100T for what it was — a small, retro camera, which should handle most of my needs when travelling. The single 35 mm (in full frame terms) focal length is of course limiting, but it is my favourite — I rarely took the Nikkor 35 mm f/2D off of my D700. In fact, I sold my DSLR a few months later and have not missed it at all. I am however planning to spring for a Fuji X-Pro2 or X-T2 in the near future.


Table of Contents

  1. Day One — Our Airbnb Host Was Nowhere to Be Found.
  2. Day Two — Like a Bloody Fire Engine!
  3. Day Three — Things You Need to Know About Renting Cars and Dining.
  4. Day Four — I Know Where the Rum’s Gone!
  5. Day Five — The Diamond Rock / Rocher Du Diamant.
  6. Day Six — A Beautiful Sunset.
  7. Day Seven — Beaches and Nudists.
  8. Day Eight — How to Avoid Crowded Beachs on the Weekends.
  9. Day Nine — The Volcano and Jardin de Balatan.
  10. Day Ten — Banana Museum.
  11. Day Eleven — Sunsets.
  12. Day Twelve — the One With Me Being Lazy.
  13. Day Thirteen — Les Trois Ilets, Pointe Du Bout, and the Museums.
  14. Day Fourteen — Anse Michel, Anse Trabuad, and Driving Down a Road Narrower Than Our Car.
  15. Day Fifteen — Astrophotography of the Night Sky with a Fuji X100T.
  16. Day Sixteen — Trying Some More Astrophotography with the Fuji X100T.
  17. Day Seventeen — Restaurant Pignon Nouvelle Vague in Les Trois Ilets.
  18. Day Eighteen & Nineteen — Probably the Best Vacation in My Life.

The one thing I haven’t yet tried with the X100T is shooting the night sky. I was always in locations with enormous light pollution, and since we’re on Martinique, I decided to give it a shot (pun unintended) yesterday. Unfortunately, the moon was always in the way for the past few weeks, but not last night.

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Orion’s Belt, in the middle of the frame.

I learned three things:

  • there are many more cameras better than the X100T at astrophotography
  • I have a lot to learn in terms of processing them
  • I should learn to stack shots
  • I shouldn’t expose for more than 20 seconds @ 35 mm

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All three photos were shot at ISO 3200, f/2, between 20 and 25 seconds. The photo above, as well as the featured one at the top of this post, show a bit of the colour of the Milky Way, however there were a few issues last night, which I’ll try to avoid tonight:

  • a nearby lamp polluted the images more than I thought it would
  • the clouds came in fast

I’ll try harder today, and bump up the ISO to 6400.

P.S. If anyone know of any stacking tutorials for OS X & Photoshop, that do not require me to spend hours aligning the shots, I’d be grateful for a link. Or software to do it for me.

 

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