Star Trails 3 Development

Organized by: Alex Roberts

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This fundraiser will provide funding needed to produce the next Star Trails video. Funding is needed for a new camera and lenses, an upgraded image storage system, and for travel to filming locations.

Star Trails 1,2, and 3 is a time lapse video of earth's rotation which shows shooting stars, galaxies, nebulae, and God's beautiful creation in a new light. Shooting stars can be seen too! All scenes of extraterrestrial beauty are always contrasted by landscape such as trees and lakes. This seems to make the scenery a little more personal.

Star Trails 2 has over 18,647 images. The average speed of the video is 360 times as fast as you would normally see the starry night. That is 6 minutes of rotation per second of video. The goal of the Star Trails project is to show mankind the natural beauty often taken for granted. The natural beauty of astronomy is often overpowered by city lights. This project encourages others to gain a new level of appreciation for the night sky.

Facts about Star Trails 2:

The making of this video took : 183 hours
Shutter time: 155 hours
Render time (with many trials and errors): more than 20 hours
Total time on another hobby: 258+ hours
A cool video to share: Priceless
Total material in this video is about 175 GB
Current Imax resolution data: 2.3 TB

9,323.5 minutes (~560,000 seconds) of open shutter time
6-9 hours per minute of video equivalent
6-9 minutes per second

With your help, the completely new Star Trails 3 will be produced in the 5K format which is the resolution of IMax films.


Organized by

Alex Roberts

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

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