I have tried with all the digital cameras that I have to try and get some night photo`s with very limited success. While I was watching the constellation of Orion move across my field of vision I started to think of some of my early photographic memories. My first thought was of the Ensign full View that I got in 1950, it took a 120 Kodak film which was 21/4″ square. Latter I got a twin lense reflex which had a lot more settings. They took very good photo`s but in those days there was only black and white . It was quite late in the 50`s when they got colour films and they were expensive. In the 60`s I got a 35 mm SLR Miranda Sensorex which I still have. With this camera I took a lot of photo`s with time exposures some were quite weird and started my investigation into UFO`s. I don`t believe in little green men in flying saucers but I love experiment and investigate unusual things in the sky. A lot of my photos have been used by UFOSA for lectures and I think they were misrepresented. Most of these were taken in the mid 70`s and I would like some comments on them. Most were sent to NICAP in the USA and they can`t give me a good reply. This is of of them and were taken around the Southern Cross with a time exposure of 10 minutes.
I experimented with the then fastest film which was 400 ASA and took it to 8000 ASA by using a mixture of different developers and developing time. I also had a 16mm spy camera and the only bulk film I could get was positive so I used to solarise it, that was developing it half way and exposing it to light and then developing it some more.This also increased it`s speed and I was able to take snap shots in very low light. The advantage of black and white was the use of filters and the ease of developing and printing. Enlarging was also very interesting because you could bring out small parts of the negative which I find a lot more difficult using digital.
With my new film I was able to take snapshots through my telescope of the craters on the Moon. I also used a 400mm telephoto lens with a 2x and 3x converter in line and this worked even better as I could enlarge the frame afterwards. Taking time photo`s of the night sky was rewarding as it was quick to develop black and white film in those days. Now with colour film it is getting difficult to get the developing and printing done the same day, and a lot more expensive.
I can however still take pictures of Sun Spots in Digital. My old method was to get a cardboard box and fit tracing paper over one side and put the telescope through a hole in the other and then focus on the paper. It was just a matter of focusing the camera on the back and taking the photo.
Another interesting thing was pinhole photography.