Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake - a secluded salt lake surrounded by pine trees and hills with the stars overhead (including the constellation of Orion and Jupiter).

Hidden Lake – a secluded salt lake surrounded by pine trees and hills with the stars overhead (including the constellation of Orion and Jupiter).

This astro photograph was captured on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. Jupiter is shining brightly above a salt lake, with the constellation of Orion to the left. A track leads down to the lake, weaving amongst the pine trees and along the edge of the lake.

The bright stars of Orion including Rigel are visible in this photograph of the southern night sky.

Rottnest Island is not a bad place to do a little spot of astrophotography, if you’re happy to walk or cycle around in the dark (there are no cars on Rottnest Island and the shuttle busses don’t run to photogenic locations during the night). One thing to keep in mind when doing astrophotography on Rottnest Island is the direction you photograph – away from the East which is where the city light pollution of Perth is so prominent.