Deep Sky images abound!

Eta Carina nebula in Ha (16x300s).

It is only recently (January) that I finally installed my first ever set of narrowband filters. They are installed on my William Optics Megrez 90mm with ZWO 1600MM camera. Recently I have taken some time to process a few shots from this, and Eta Carina is one of these.

Here is a relatively straight forward exposure but which looked particularly stunning I thought, when I saw the initial result. It is 16 exposures of 5 minutes each, all using a h-alpha filter.

Check out the hoops, knots, holes of the nebula. Fantastic I think. There’s a couple of crops to show you some more detail close up.

There is is not a lot of processing done on these images. The fantastic contrast comes from the wonderful dark skies of Astro Observatories Western Australia’s dark sky site.

Eta Carina nebula in Ha (16x300s).

Eta Carina nebula in Ha (16x300s).

Another deep sky photograph I have been working on recently is the below LRGB image of Messier 46 (whicn includes the planetary nebula NGC through the same equipment.

Another deep sky photograph I have been working on recently is the below LRGB image of Messier 46 (which includes the planetary nebula NGC through the same equipment.

Messier 46 with NGC 2437
Messier 46 with NGC 2437

COVID-19 Update at Astro Photography Australia

In the absence of in-person workshops due to COVID-19 restrictions I am now running online workshops. These are proving very successful.

I operate my one-on-one online workshops from my backyard observatory. This gives me access to the complete range of equipment you might need to learn about in your workshop. No longer do I have to decide what I bring with me, it’s simply all there! It also means neither you or I have to drive late at night. I have a high quality internet connection, high quality phone/camera and audio earpiece, which combined with studio lightning makes the experience seamless and enjoyable.

Once the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, we can meet in person again to put your newly learned skills to the test! 🙂

Online workshops are charged at the same rate as one-on-one workshops below – $100/hour.

So, if you would like a one-on-one online workshop please contact me. We’ll arrange a time, number of hours, payment by EFT, then have a great chat showing you everything you need to know about astrophotography.

Here is my workshop setup for one-on-one online workshops:

Roger Groom’s backyard observatory, used for online astrophotography workshops

Roger Groom’s backyard observatory, used for online astrophotography workshops

A fantastic night under the stars

Southern Skies photographed from Astro Observatories Western Australia site in the WA Wheatbelt.

I enjoyed a night of good old simple astronomy last night. A rarity in my current life of various commitments and having a young kid. Perfectly dark, clear and steady skies, a mix of astrophotography and visual star-hopping with a 8″ SCT telescope. Give a moderate telescope such as an 8″ dark skies and there is so much to see – Fornax galaxies, Ghost of Jupiter, the usual showpieces of various nebulas and galaxies. Absolutely fantastic. So dark.

Also, my backyard telescope has now been successfully relocated to significantly darker Wheatbelt skies, and wow the difference is immediately noticeable even in calibration images let alone actual astrophotography.

Oh, and that extremely thin crescent Moon at twilight with Venus – wow!

Looking forward to a third night tonight with the crescent Moon more prominent and lots of photography to be had.

A telescope moved to the darker skies of the WA Wheatbelt. The constellation of Orion overhead.

Visual astronomy, at 1:30am, fantastic dark and steady skies. It’s amazing what an 8″ telescope can do under good conditions.

Venus and the super thin crescent Moon, photographed from the WA Wheatbelt on 28th December 2019.