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Milky Way Rising

The Milky Way rising over Lake Leschenaultia

On the 23rd April I had a one-on-one workshop with a return customer of mine. This time we went to Lake Leschenaultia, my local stomping ground. It was a fantastic clear and cool night, absolutely perfect conditions. Seeing as we already knew each other it was great to just have a fun night shooting nightscapes in good company, with me helping out as we went along.

This photograph was later in  the evening, after in theory the workshop should have finished, but hey, I wasn’t going home any earlier than I had to! The Milky Way is rising beautifully in the south-east at this time of the year, it is indeed “Milky Way Season”.

Coming up in May is a workshop I’m involved in at the lake, with Russell and the staff at Midland Camera House, who are also locals to the area like me, really looking forward to it!

 

Rosette Nebula near Orion

Rosette Nebula near the constellation of Orion.

Continuing with my theme of fun and relatively straight forward astrophotographs using my little Fuji X-E2 camera, this is the beautiful Rosette Nebula near the constellation of Orion. Taken through my little Megrez 90 refractor of only 90mm aperture this came up quite easily from 1600ISO 5 minute exposures.

I enjoyed teaching participants how to take photographs through such telescopes at the recent Perth Observatory workshop which focused on astrophotography using telescopes. There will be another one or two of those workshops coming up on the other side of Winter.

A busy start to 2017!

What a busy start to 2017 I’ve had! Four workshops and counting, public talks to well over 100 people, 60hours/month volunteering at the Perth Observatory and so much more! It’s no wonder that it’s hard to find time for astrophotography other than regular scripted research observations.

Here are some photographs from a recent astrophotography workshop held at the Perth Observatory. It was full day, going from 12:30pm until 10pm, but for me that means 10am until midnight.

After all these workshops it’s been good to spend a small but enjoyable amount of time in my own observatory with my simple little camera (Fuji X-E2) mounted on my Megrez 90 refractor telescope. This rewarding combination is a great fun way to reinvigorate astrophotography interest. While the following images are only short sequences, resulting in less than perfect results, it shows what can be done in a night of fun light-hearted astrophotography.

Horsehead Nebula – Fuji XE-2, 1600ISO, 10 x 5 minute exposures.

Millions and Millions – Omega Centauri with about 10 million stars.

Millions and Millions – Omega Centauri with about 10 million stars (cropped view).

Cloud Totality – 4th April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

Cloud Totality - Total Lunar Eclilpse 4th April 2015

Cloud Totality – Total Lunar Eclilpse 4th April 2015. Note: The specks on the centre and left of frame are actually stars.

Partially Eclipsed, In a halo of ice crystals. Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015. The colourful halo around the moon is due to refraction of light through the clouds in our atmosphere, resulting in a subtle rainbow.

Partially Eclipsed, In a halo of ice crystals. Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015. The colourful halo around the moon is due to refraction of light through the clouds in our atmosphere, resulting in a subtle rainbow.

Photographing through the clouds - Cloud Totality of the 4th April 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Photographing through the clouds – Cloud Totality of the 4th April 2015 Lunar Eclipse

The April 4th 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse from Perth Western Australia was a largely cloudy experience but we persevered and were amazed what the camera pulled out from behind the clouds!

Visually the moon was barely if at all visible throughout totality with cloud obscuring the dimly lit Moon. Luckily the camera was more successful! The above photographs show the period of totality quite nicely, you could say “with some atmosphere”(!!) considering the weather conditions during the Total Lunar Eclipse.