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Hi all, 

greetings from the dark skies of Zambia.  

I am lucky enough to live in the true wilderness of a Zambian National Park (yep, sorry.  Bortle 1) and while having been quite keen on astroscape type photography for a good few years (as well as wildlife obviously and landscapes) I recently got an ioptron skyguider to get more into astrophotography.  All my gear is photo dedicated - Canon R6, 100=400ii, adapted Nikon 180 f2.8 (on its way), 24-105 F4, 16-35F5, 85 f1.8, Samyang 14mm f2.8 and Sigma 20mm f1.4.  Plus a very sturdy jobu design tripod.  


I have been pretty happy with some of my first images, getting to grips with DSS, Sequator, and using APT to generally make life easier.  


The wilderness does have it's challenges - two evenings ago on my small hill nearby I was trying (and struggling) to get polar alignment when the faint roars of nearby lions started getting a bit closer so the session ended! 


Also while I am under dark skies, at this time of year wildfires cause a lot of challenges in terms of light pollution and haze with lower targets.  Anyway I am falling pretty deep down the rabbit hole and hoping to learn here.  As well as maybe share some stories.  


Real name is Gilmour!  



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On 9/14/2021 at 8:40 PM, Galileo said:

Hi Gilmour and welcome, those skies must be amaaaaaazing!

Thanks everyone for the welcome.  


They are pretty amazing.  Here is a MW shot with no tracking and just a few frames stacked. 



The nearest light pollution to me is a small town with a tiny amount of LED streetlights.  I am basically in the centre of this light pollution map image, North of the town on the lake (Itezhi Tezhi).  


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3 hours ago, MarkAR said:

Hi Gilmore, welcome to the forum. 

First time I've heard a session being ended early by lions. 😱



Thanks Mark.  Next time I am out on my rock I MUST remember to take an audio recorder.  I have heard lions, leopards, hyenas and lions and hyenas having a bit of an argument.  


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