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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

Wheatbelt stars through the trees

Western Australian Wheatbelt starry night sky through the leaves of a Eucalyptus tree

A nice dark night at my rural property where the Milky Way shines brightly and stars glisten. Shown here the Milky Way, portion showing the Pointers of the Southern sky, behind the leaves and branches of a Eucalyptus tree. I run workshops teaching astrophotography at locations including this family property of ours.

2017 Geminid Meteors

2017 Geminid Meteor from the WA Wheatbelt on the 14th December 2017 at 03:03am local time.

I took a drive to the Wheatbelt for some Geminid meteors among other things on the 14th December 2017. I had my usual two cameras with me, the Canon 6D and Fuji X-E2. The 6D was shooting with a Canon full-circular fisheye (8-15mm F/4) and the Fuji with the Samyang 12mm F/2.

I left both cameras going as long as their batteries would last, which ended up being about 2:30am for the Canon and 3:30am for the Fuji. This lucky strike of a bright meteor was captured by the Fuji X-E2 at 3:03am local time. It’s a bright meteor that’s for sure! The green hue is very obvious and would have been fantastic to see in person, but I was asleep at the time!