Archive for the ‘Time-lapse’ Category


Night Motion Timelapse: Fall Collection

February 12, 2012

by yaska77

There are some things we’ll always take the time to watch, and as timelapse is a passion of ours for your enthrallment below is a recent creation from photographer Eric Hines.

We’ve featured some of Eric’s work before; his breathtaking images of the Milky Way at Devil’s Tower and a fantastic timelapse he released in September called Wild Wyoming, A Summer of Sunsets and Dark Skies.

If only we could all live under such clear skies! Go HD and fullscreen for the full effect!

Fall Timelapse Collection from Eric Hines on Vimeo.

Fall Timelapse Collection
by Eric Hines

About this video:

Shot entirely on the 5D Mark II in RAW format, with the exception of one video clip. All single exposures, no HDR.

Almost all of these shots have not been used in earlier reels, and a lot of the sequences were shot within the past month* in Indiana.

Motion control provided by the Kessler Crane KC-8 and Cineslider, using the Oracle and Smartlapse. The static sequences were shot on the Manfrotto 546B tripod with a 501HDV head.

Track is “Outpost 31” by Simon Wilkinson available from

You can find Eric on the following networks:
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*video posted in early November

And you can follow us on Twitter too šŸ™‚


BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns 16th-18th January

January 12, 2012

by yaska77

After three incredibly successful shows last year the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns for a second three-night run on BBC Two (and HD) next week.

Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain return to get Britain looking skyward! Credit: BBC/Open University

Aimed at encouraging everyone – whether complete beginner or enthusiastic amateur – to get out and enjoy the wonders of the night sky, Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Solar System/Universe) and comedian (and enthusiast!) Dara O Briain will once again be appearing live from the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Helped by astronomer Mark Thompson and presenter Liz Bonnin, the show will interact with the audience, answering questions and utilising some of Britain’s finest astronomical minds to explore the sights in the night sky over our heads.

With binoculars or a small telescope you can see Jupiter’s moons! (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

Each programme will be followed by “Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth”, a half hour show where the presenters and their guests return for additional debate and audience participation.

To find out more about the Stargazing LIVE and some of the interesting topics they will be discussing have a look on the Stargazing LIVE website here.

There are also a lot of Stargazing events happening up and down the country which you can attend, to find out if there are any in your area you can search by your postcode on the Stargazing activities page here.

Observing the night sky can become incredibly addictive!

Last year was a great series (despite our own sky being blocked out by clouds for pretty much the entire three days) so if you have any interest in astronomy (and let’s face it, you’re reading this on our astronomy blog) it’s well worth a watch!

Programme Guide (BBC2 and BBC HD)

Monday 16th January

20:30 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 1
21:30 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 1

Tuesday 17th January

20:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 2
21:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 2

Wednesday 18th January

20:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 3
21:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 3

We’ll be watching the show and commenting on Twitter, so why not Tweet us your own views and astro pictures, and we’ll share them with our followers!

**For information about the latest series (starting 8th January 2013) click here**


Watching the stars move

September 30, 2011

by yaska77

We’ve had some good clear nights in south east UK of late. Really clear.

They’re also forecasting this warm clear weather will last over the weekend, so I plan to take advantage and will be out in the dark again tonight. Thankfully it’s now nearly the weekend, so I won’t have to drag myself through a whole day of work after staying up far too late looking at astronomical objects and taking hundreds of photos.

There will undoubtedly be more pics on the way, but for now here are a small selection of some of my favourites from earlier this week.

Sunspot 1302 clearly visible (just left of centre) from 27th September (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

The massive sunspot caught above is several times larger than the Earth (it’s been measured at around 62,000 miles) and has already caused stronger aurora than usual. It’s expected to grow further, increasing in size and energy emitted and has already released some powerful solar flares. Also our first ever attempt to image the Sun!

The Ring Nebula (Messier 57) is found in the constellation Lyra (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

M57 is located south of the bright star Vega (the brightest in the constellation Lyra), which forms the northwestern vertex of the Summer Triangle asterism (pattern of stars). We’ve snapped it before but are hoping to get a sequence of images together for stacking.

Fair bit of light pollution but not enough to ruin our look at Andromeda (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

If you draw a line up through the centre of the telescope eyepiece you can see a “smudged star” that is actually the spiral galaxy Andromeda. It was while taking this photo I decided I’d set up for a quick time-lapse attempt!

With the scope tracking Jupiter it provided some foreground movement as the stars marched across the sky, so in this short film you can see Andromeda, Jupiter and the Pleiades cluster! Switch to HD and fullscreen for the full effect. I really need to get out somewhere with darker skies šŸ™‚

Tonight then I’m aiming to get some more shots of the Pleiades (Messier 45), and hopefully another good look at Jupiter using the CCD camera.

And yeah, I’ll be laying in tomorrow morning!


Four seasons in… 13 seconds?!

September 24, 2011

by yaska77

At around 6 am local time each day the Sun, Earth, and any geosynchronous satellite form a right angle giving a straight down view of the terminator, the edge between dusk and dawn.

The angle of the terminator varies with the seasons, causing the different day lengths and the amount of warmth we feel from the sunshine.

The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) on EUMETSAT’s Meteosat-9 captured these images of Earth from geosynchronous orbit. Although the Earth is fixed in the video it illustrates just how much it tilts throughout the year. The axis is tilted away from the Sun during winter solstice and toward it for summer solstice. At equinoxes the tilt is at a right angle to our star.

Autumn equinox occurred yesterday (23rd September 2011) at 09:04 UTC/GMT. Equinox means “equal night” in Latin, but while that is true of the Sun’s presence above the horizon it doesn’t account for twilight, when the Sun’s rays extend from beyond the horizon to illuminate the atmosphere.

I like this video a lot šŸ™‚

NASA images and animation by Robert Simmon, using data from EUMETSAT. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

Instrument: Meteosat

YouTube video uploaded by: camillasdo


Night Motion Timelapse: Tempest Milky Way

September 21, 2011

by yaska77

Hot on the heels of tte-77’s ISS filmed timelapse of the Earth from space is another earth-bound masterpiece from maestro Randy Halverson. Give your eyes a treat and go fullscreen HD šŸ™‚

Tempest Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

Tempest Milky Way
by Randy Halverson

About this video:

One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn’t come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.

Extended cut available at here

At the 1:57 mark a Whitetail buck came in to check out the setup. It was caught on 20 frames, and was there for about 10 minutes. It was only 50 yards from the camera, dolly and light.

At the 3:24 mark, a meteor reflects on the water of the small lake. There are also quite a few other meteors in the timelapse.

This was all shot in central South Dakota from June-August.

Canon 5D Mark II for a few shots, Canon 60D and T2i
Canon 16-35, Tokina 11-16

Shot in RAW format. Manual mode, Exposure was 30 seconds on most Milky Way shots, 20-25 on some of the storm shots, ISO 1600 or 3200 F2.8.

Simon Wilkinson at created the music “Tempest” and sound for it.

I used the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly on most of the shots as well, it is awesome.

Check out for more of Randy’s beautiful films, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

Always inspiring, it’s films like this that have got me into trying out timelapse for myself!

And have a look through the other time-lapse videos we’ve featured here

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