300mm F2.8 Nikkor

This lens is a beauty and has been since long on my wishlist. The initial tests indicate some slight defocus on the left side of the image ( at F2.8). But sharp enough overall and especially in the centre. The intended use of this lens is to exploit it’s fast F/Ratio: fast comet imaging with the Nikon D750 / Large Milky Way or nebula complexes with the Nikon D750 and narrow band imaging with the ASI183mm.

Some test shots (unguided)

Crop of the rising Moon 300mm F2.8 Nikkor @ F4
6 x 30″ on ISO400 @ F2.8, slightly cropped ; no guiding on an EQ8

Starlink, second night: a lot dimmer!

A bit of a re-assurance, these objects now dimmed from 0 to -1 magnitude towards magnitude 4 (estimate). some bits were brighter. Hopelfully that means the impact on the natural sky remains limited. I do fear that all 12000 of these will be a pest for astrophotography, for sure also for professionals!

I actually missed them untill my son detected them as a faint trail east of Bootes (so culmunating).

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