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Star Trails and Milkyway in Singapore

This is a discussion on Star Trails and Milkyway in Singapore within the Space and Astronomy forums, part of the Photo Galleries category; General notes on my star trails images taken in Singapore: 1. The actual geographic north pole is around 1.3 degrees ...

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    Star Trails and Milkyway in Singapore

    General notes on my star trails images taken in Singapore:

    1. The actual geographic north pole is around 1.3 degrees above horizon and geographic south pole is around -1.3 degrees below horizon. So if the "radiant point" is high above the horizon, it indicates that I have shifted the original pole position probably to make the star trails effect looks better. In reality, being located near the equator, almost all the stars we see in the night sky are non-circumpolar. So we can only see half the celestial dome at all times.

    2. Almost all the dark sites in Singapore don't offer interesting foreground. So you can assume all my star trails and milky way images taken in Singapore are composites unless indicated otherwise. Which means the foreground of my image and the star trails or milkyway were taken in different locations and then blended together in post processing.

    3. Stars do have colors, including those colors we can't see with our naked eyes. The color of a star indicates its temperature with blue being the hottest and red being the coldest. The color of those stars you see in my images were already recorded in the raw files. I merely enhanced its color in post processing and sometimes i may over-saturate it deliberately to make my image looks colorful.

    4. You will be able to figure out the direction of stars movement as seen from Earth, based on the direction I was facing, from my images. If I'm facing North, the stars will appear to move in an anti-clockwise direction and if I'm facing South, the stars will appear to move in a clockwise direction.

    5. My star trails images are not meant for the purists. Please view them as a creative art and do not try to navigate around with them.

    6. Can we even see stars in Singapore? YES! Can we shoot nice star trails images in Singapore? YES if you try hard enough! Can we shoot milky way in Singapore? YES! The below timelapse was filmed on 24 November 2013 morning with a moonlight illumination of around 60%. If you think you can't shoot star trails with the presence of moon in a light polluted city, click on the link below and think again The moon light interference is visible at the top near the end of the clip.

    https://vimeo.com/80181941



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    This type of star trails effect can be achieved using a zoom device but I produced the following effect in post processing. I shifted the "radiant point" higher above the horizon because I personally don't think it will look as good if we were to see only half of it. Visit http://bit.ly/18yZ1MG for general notes on my star trails image.

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    "CBD Blackout Imagined"

    Behind the buzzling Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore lies a beautiful milky way galaxy but how many of us are aware of its existence? I was inspired by Thierry Cohen's body of work on the impossible night skies of big cities in the world and so I tried to create a scientifically sound image for Singapore. This is a composite image of the milky way and the skylines of Singapore showing what the CBD of Singapore would look like if its free from human-made light.

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    "Orion Arm of the Milkyway in Singapore"

    Probably the first to attempt to capture one of the dimmest and most important spiral arms of the milky way in Singapore. The galactic center of the Milky Way, which is the brightest section, is currently below horizon so instead of waiting until next year, I shot one of the minor spiral arms, also known as the Orion-Cygnus arm, of the milky way galaxy in Singapore on 30 Nov 2013. I reckon it as one of the important spiral arms because the solar system and therefore the Earth lies in the Orion arm and it is named for the Orion constellation, which is one of the most prominent constellations in the Northern Hemisphere winter sky.

    The two brightest stars are Canopus (below) and Sirius (top) and cloud trails are also visible in the image.

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    Orion arm of the milky way is not commonly photographed because it's dim. The below image shows how the Orion arm of the milky way looks like in a relatively dark sky in Mount Bromo, taken on early Sep 2013. If this section of the milky way can be photographed in Singapore, we can expect a good image of the milky way's galactic center once its back next year!

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    Rocket Tower in Singapore

    Read more about the image at First Star Trails Shot of the year 2014 in Singapore | Justin Ng Photo


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    SINGAPORE: It has been 2 years since I last visited Istana Woodneuk or Woodneuk House and I decided to visit it again yesterday with the above image in my mind. Istana Woodneuk was one of the two royal palaces owned by Johor Sultan and it is located on a small hill bounded by Tyersall road and Holland road today and after century of abandonment, the Istana Woodneuk is now covered by very thick vegetation. The short jungle trail journey (only if you know your way) to Woodneuk House, which is now out of bound to the public, during the wee hours was dangerous but yet exciting as you will experience about 10 minutes of complete darkness if you choose not to use your torch light and it is easy to get lost in the jungle if you’re not careful. The dilapidated house has been acquired by the Singapore Government and it might be demolished as part of the extension plan for Botanic Gardens which has now been delayed to 2016.

    Read more at Istana Woodneuk | Woodneuk House | Tyersall House Star Trails | Justin Ng Photo


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    A star trails image of Sunrise Bridge taken near Punggol Waterway in Singapore on 23 February 2014.

    Read more at http://www.justinngphoto.com/2014/02...ggol-waterway/


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    Rise of Milky Way Galaxy and Planet Venus in Singapore

    My dream to capture the beautiful milky way galaxy has finally turned into a reality on the last day of February 2014 when the monsoon season is over. While Singapore is known for its heavy light pollution and many people believe it’s impossible to shoot stars and milky way in this city but all hope is not lost yet! Check out the link below and see how milky way looks like in Singapore after some post processing!

    More details on this image at Milky Way Galaxy and Venus in Singapore | Justin Ng Photo


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    This is probably the first timelapse movie of Milky Way ever filmed in Singapore on 28 February 2014 because the major city is known for its heavy light polluted skies and it is not surprising that many people would think it's impossible to capture these images here. This movie aims to prove the popular belief wrong and it hopes to inspire more astrophotographers residing in heavily light polluted cities to try to unveil the beauty of the elusive Milky Way Galaxy.

    More details at First timelapse of Milky Way Galaxy ever filmed in Singapore | Justin Ng Photo


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    Rise of the Milky Way at East Coast Park, Singapore.

    Full story at 30 March 2014 – Rise of the Milky Way in East Coast Park (ECP) | Justin Ng Photo


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