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30-JUN-2008 COPYRIGHT - Paul Wilson

Tikaboo Peak Hike - Area 51 Panorama

Panorama stitched together from photos taken with a Digital Rebel XT mounted to a Celestron 130mm telescope (2000mm focal length). This is a 50% reduction of the original panorama. The full size image doesn't add any more detail so the half size is fine. Some of the buildings associated with the base that are on the far left and right periphery are not in this panorama. I was only interested in photographing the main portion of the base.

The panorama was built using image stacking through Registax (10-30 image stacks). Vignetting was also controlled through Registax through the use of a flatfield image. The panorama software PTgui was used to pano stitch the completed images together. Brightness consistency and basic photo manipulation was done through Photoshop CS3.

Whenever I go to Tikaboo Peak I only do it at the last moment when I think the weather will be cooperative. I use the following site to determine if the weather in the area might be good for photography:

Clear Sky Clock for Rachel

When transparency, seeing, and wind are excellent two days in advance I immediately start driving the next day. All weather predictions are dodgy of course and there are no guarantees that things will be as good as I hope but using this site helps to place the odds in my favor that at least conditions will be better than average.

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Paul Wilson05-Jul-2008 13:25
JB737, thanks for the comment. Also, thanks for confirming the name. I have changed the info on the main page to reflect your confirmation. Thanks again.
JB737 05-Jul-2008 11:41
A masterful job in all respects, but especially in the seamless stacking/stitching, which is SO hard to do as well as you did, leaving essentially no visible artifacts.

One thing I notice more than usual due to the quality: a large amount of small stuff protruding above the intervening ridges, especially below Hangar 19, the northern dish, and even on the low section between the dish and water tower. A few may be trees, but most seem not to be.

As always, the new hangar behind the dirt pile is a perfect optical illusion. It absolutely looks like the hangar door is on the short end of it, but it's actually on the far longer side, just viewed at such a slim angle that the roof also looks much steeper than it really is, etc.

Also, the dirt pile seems to be eroding and/or vegetation is taking hold on it.

You're right that the LazyGRanch guy you met is Gary.

Congrats Again,