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Astrophotography Comparison

I’ve been having some more great fun out and about doing astrophotography. It continually amazes me how much easier it is to take nightscapes and wide field astrophotography with silhouettes now than even 5 years ago in 2008 when I was starting to accumulate some nice silhouette nightscapes. It explains the boon in nightscape photography in the last year or two from photography enthusiasts everywhere.

Below is an example of what I mean. The 2008 photograph was the one good result from a whole weekend trip to the country, hours of set up time aligning the mount, setting up autoguiding, organising dew heaters and laptop equipment, lugging large telescope, mount, and tripod up to a suitable site near camp, etc. The other image for comparison is from last night, it is a single 15 second exposure and I didn’t even bother getting the portable tracking mount out. The 2008 photograph might arguably be better still but the different is small in comparison to what 15 seconds of exposure would have achieved in 2008.

In fact, I don’t even recall the term “nightscape” from 2008. I may be wrong, but I only recall that terminology coming about in the last year or two. That says something about how much things have changed.

Comparison of astrophotography in 2008 vs 2013

And here is the image from last night:

Spire In The Sky

 

New product: Morning Sky with Fog

I am slowly working my way through photographs I have added to my previous blog over the last couple of years, making them available as products on this new website. This photograph of the morning sky with fog is one of my favourite from the last two years. The vibrant blue, soft sunrise hues, sharp silhouettes and the sky filled with so many interesting objects! Taken in 2012.

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Early Morning Sky with Fog (with Pleiades, Jupiter, Venus, Orion and Sirius)

Early Morning Sky with Fog (with Pleiades, Jupiter, Venus, Orion and Sirius)

Leading up to The Super Full Moon

There has been much talk lately of the impending “Super Full Moon”. This is when the moon is closer to Earth than most other times when it is full. The difference in kilometres and apparent size is not enormous, but is enough to resolve a little more detail on the surface for a given lens/telescope.

With the weather forecast for Sunday (full moon night) looking very bad for Perth, I thought I’d pop out with the camera this evening and snap the nice bright moon while I could. It looks beautiful in this phase, with much of the moon visible but still a nice line of shadows across the terminator.

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In the lead up to the Super Full Moon in three days time, this is the view of The Moon on the evening of 20th June 2013.

In the lead up to the Super Full Moon in three days time, this is the view of The Moon on the evening of 20th June 2013.

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