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I am a complete novice in astronomy, and the sky was hazy,

Uploaded by: Glaswegian

Saturday March 2, 2013

Winnipeg, Canada

Caption: but am I right that this is Ursa Minor, and if so what planet is that above the tail? It was in the northern sky, shortly after 6 AM, CST

Image Width: 6016

Image Length: 4016

Bits per Sample: 8, 8, 8

Photometric Interpretation: RGB

Manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION

Model: NIKON D600

Orientation: top - left

Samples per Pixel: 3

x-Resolution: 72.00

y-Resolution: 72.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Windows

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1/8 sec.

FNumber: f/1.4

Exposure Program: Normal program

ISO Speed Ratings: 6400

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Shutter speed: 3.00 EV (APEX: 2, 1/8 sec.)

Aperture: 0.97 EV (f/1.4)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 1.00 EV (f/1.4)

Metering Mode: Pattern

Light Source: 0

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 50.0 mm

SubSecTimeOriginal: 10

SubSecTimeDigitized: 10

Color Space: Uncalibrated

PixelXDimension: 6016

PixelYDimension: 4016

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 167.50

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 167.50

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Internal error (unknown value 4)

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

File Source: DSC

Scene Type: 1

CFA Pattern: 8 bytes undefined data

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Auto exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Focal Length In 35mm Film: 50

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Gain Control: High gain up

Contrast: Hard

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: Normal

Subject Distance Range: Unknown

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5. Glaswegian
4:55 PM GMT on March 03, 2013
Thanks for the info Gil! I haven't tried auto focus at infinity with my D600; I will try next time. I have tried just setting the camera to infinity manually then shooting - it works for distant scenes; don't know about sky shots though!
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4. gilg72
1:20 AM GMT on March 03, 2013
Bill, I was looking at your Exif file. Wow, f/1.4. I can only get down to f/4.5 if I'm lucky. Most times the lowest will go is f/5.6.

My old Nikon would focus good on infinity for such shots, but my Nikon D5000 will not be focused at infinity. If I can't get it to Auto Focus, then I have to do Manual focusing which is rather hard for me to do. That's why I mainly stick to Moon shots, cause I can Auto-Focus there, in most cases.
Hopefully your camera will focus good on infinity, like my old camera does.
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3. Glaswegian
7:52 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Thanks for the information (both of you);I will try again when the weather is better!
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2. rhr
4:40 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
LtBadd is absolutely correct - Not a planet. Looking at the dimmer surrounding stars you have a picture of constellation Lyra and the bright star is Vega. And as he said keep trying - It's not that hard to get some great constellation shots - focus at infinity (distance / mountain), put the camera on a tripod and keep the shutter open for 15-20 seconds.
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1. LtBadd
1:40 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Hello, there aren't any plants that low in the northern sky, actually you'll never see them in the northern sky their orbits are closer to the ecliptic plane which would be a line from east to west.

I do believe that bright stars appears so because the lens is out of focus making the star seem much bigger. Keep trying
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