A fun exposure from my most recent astrophotography workshop at Perth Observatory. The aeroplane came in to frame during the exposure and luckily I snapped it as it went to warp speed, vanishing from the frame at the end of the exposure. 🙂
A favorite holiday spot of mine for the last 15 years has been Pemberton in the south-west of Western Australia. Back in the early 2000’s it was all about fungus, orchid and landscape photography which I sold at my local Kalamunda Markets, and in more recent years it has remained of interest to me for the landscape photography but also a respite from Astrophotography, enforced by the typically cloudy and rainy weather of the area.
On this occasion there was a string of clear nights! I managed to ignore the first, staying inside in the warmth with family, but the second night got me, and out I went driving around the Pemberton countryside in the middle of the night, as you do! (ps. The third I deemed was too moonlit and stayed with the fire inside!)
This photograph is a quick postcard from the trip, taken straight from the camera, though almost no processing on my iPad and posted online for your enjoyment. It is of the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree in the Warren National Park. The tree was never used as a fire lookout but is made to give visitors the opportunity to climb such a tree (you can see the pegs used for climbing in this photograph). The stars above the tree include the Southern Cross (immediately right of the tree) and Eta Carina nebula, all part of our Milky Way galaxy spanning across the night sky. The tree is lit naturally by moonlight shining through the Karri forest.
I will share more astrophotography from the area soon.
Reminder that my next workshop is coming up – 28th & 29th May.
I run workshops, one-on-one and group on the subject of astrophotography. Here are some photographs from one visit to my local spot, Lake Leschenaultia. Taken in February 2016. Living just around the corner from the lake I have a nice record of nightscapes at he lake from 2008.
People often don’t realise how hard to see the horsehead nebula is. It is quite a faint nebula located in the constellation of Orion, faint enough that you need a reasonably large amateur telescope (for example 15″ aperture reflector such as a dobsonian) and dark skies to visually see it.
Photographically the Horsehead is well known and captured by amateur astronomers. It sits along side one of the brighter stars in the constellation of Orion, Alnitak, which is one of the three bright stars making up the Belt of Orion. The Flame Nebula is also located adjacent to Alnitak.
This is a photograph of the very well known and popular to photograph Tarantula Nebula, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a companion galaxy of our Milky Way). This photograph was taken using a SBIG ST8-XME camera on a telescope at 2180mm focal length. The combined exposure time is 304 minutes. There is nice star colour retained in addition to the obvious pink of the general nebula, making this quite a colourful image.