The night sky at Skala, Kefalonia

These are some of the photos taken over a few nights from the hillside at Old Skala.
All bar one used my Pentax K1 on a Slik tripod, with various timed exposures.
Attempts to use the Astrotracer facility were mixed - still finding it hard to calibrate!
Most were taken with my Pentax 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom.


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Jupiter, 30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 800, 24mm

Early attempt - you can just make out The plough! 180 secs, f/2.8, ISO 400, 45mm

Really amazed by this one, which was entirely accidental! An aircraft cutting right across Jupiter!!
180 secs, f/2.8, ISO 400, 70mm

My first photo of the Milky Way that worked! A little editing to get it like this.
240 secs, f/2.8, ISO 400, 24mm

Better one of the Milky Way but with some cloud at the bottom.
120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 400, 33mm

Jupiter again, 90 secs, F/2.8, ISO 640, 68mm

The Plough in a very starry sky, but a bit of light and cloud creeping in (not totally dark).
100 secs, F/2.8, ISO 800, 27mm

The Milky Way, 150 secs, f/2.8, ISO 800, 36mm

A better one of The Milky Way, 120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 640, 24mm

Experimental one of The Milky Way using a much cheaper 18-250mm Sigma lens (APS-C), 90 secs, f/3.5, ISO 800, 18mm

The Moon and Venus, as the sun was about to rise,
over an infinity pool!
1/200th sec, f/4.5, ISO 250, 29mm

Same photo cropped


Sunrise again

On the right side of the central triangle of larger stars there's a little blue blob.
That, I'm pretty sure, is Comet 2015 V2 Johnson! Not bad for a camera!
120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 65mm. I think the Astrotracer may have worked on this too.

Cropped version of the original of the above, with the comet's tail just visible!
If you haven't found it, in the middle, about one third of the way down.

The comet again, 150 secs, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 65mm

The Milky Way after a bit of editing, 120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 65mm

The Milky Way after a bit less editing, 120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 1000, 31mm

Casseopeia, 120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 1000, 31mm

The Plough as it was getting cloudy and blowy, 110 secs, f/2.8, ISO 800, 31mm

Final attempt at the Milky Way (after a bit of editing), 120 secs, f/2.8, ISO 800, 31mm

The Moom and Venus

Copyright Trevor Cotterell, 2017.