Pre-Dawn Nightscape Bliss

I traveled to one of my favorite locations in the WA Wheat belt for a night of astrophotography on Saturday 2nd July. Unfortunately it wasn’t long after arriving that the rain started! (even I can’t always predict the weather with 100% accuracy.). After much analysis of the weather predictions I set my alarm for 4am and went to bed. 4am came and wow was it a clear sky! A quick excursion ensued, exploring the surrounding area and coming across some fantastic nightscape scenes.

My first surprise was when I turned out the gate from the paddock on to the road, walked a few steps, looked up, and wow, there was Orion! Hello Orion! It’s always so surprising how quickly Orion comes back to our morning sky.

Constellation of Orion rising in pre-dawn Zodiacal Glow down country road.

Constellation of Orion rising in pre-dawn Zodiacal Glow down country road.

Turning to the south another fantastic sight greeted me. This time the Magellanic Clouds perfectly positioned over a wonderfully sculpted eucalyptus tree.

Magellanic Clouds in Wheatbelt WA

Magellanic Clouds in Wheatbelt WA

To cap it all off, here is a beautiful panorama of the Moon rising low over mist and cloud with the star cluster Pleiades on the left, the constellation of Orion on the right, and beautiful zodiacal glow extending up from the horizon. Oh, also throw in just a hint of beautiful pre-dawn colour on the horizon.

Pre-dawn bliss. Pleaides, crescent moon rising, Zodiacal Glow, and the constellation of Orion!

Pre-dawn bliss. Pleaides, crescent moon rising, Zodiacal Glow, and the constellation of Orion!