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Southern Cross Astrophotogrpahy, Sky tour and Workshop

The Milky Way photographed from outside the town of Southern Cross when on tour with the Perth Observatory.

In early August 2019 I had the opportunity to participate in a Night Sky Tour for the local Southern Cross (the town) High School and community. Travelling there with Matthew  Woods on behalf of Perth Observatory we ran a night sky tour showing the community the wonders of our night sky through the telescopes of the Perth Observatory.

Following the night sky tour there was an astrophotography session where I took a group of locals through the process of using their own cameras for astrophotography (while Matt slaved away packing up the Perth Observatory telescopes!). It was a very rewarding little astrophotography workshop, with several of the participants really getting the hang of what they could achieve with their cameras, and going away significantly ahead of where they were when they arrived in terms of astrophotography. Sometimes just learning what your camera should be able to achieve is enough to spur you on to dive head first into this hobby of astrophotography!

Following the workshop at Southern Cross Matt and I captured a few shots from Nulla Nulla Farm Retreat, a bed & breakfast not far from Southern Cross. I have to admit, it was freezing and after a long night in town it took some encouragement from Matt to keep me outside under the dark skies!

From the fantastic location of Nulla Nulla Farm Retreat the sky is very very nearly completely dark with barely any light pollution very low on the horizon, Using a recently donated Nikon D810a camera (donated to the Perth Observatory by generous donor Grant Harper) Matt and I captured several photos of the Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds and other parts of the night sky before calling it a night.

The Milky Way from Nulla Nulla Farm Retreat, Southern Cross Western Australia. Photographed with the Perth Observatory by Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia.

The Milky Way from Nulla Nulla Farm Retreat, Southern Cross Western Australia. Photographed with the Perth Observatory by Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia.

The Milky Way from Nulla Nulla Farm Retreat, Southern Cross Western Australia. Photographed with the Perth Observatory by Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia.

Perth Observatory Night Sky Tour

Here I am again at the Perth Observatory, on a nice winter night with the Milky Way high in the eastern sky.

Friday 28th June I found myself yet again at the Perth Observatory, this time hosting a tour as a volunteer. Here is a photograph showing the beautiful winter Milky Way core rising in the east above one of the telescope domes that is used for public viewing.

This photograph of the Milky Way was a quick snap using my Fuji X-E2. It is a single 15 second exposure and uses my Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens. No tracking, just my dodgy old 20 year old flimsy but very easy to cary “always in the boot of the car” tripod. ­čÖé

My next group workshop coming up is the Milky Way image processing workshop with Stargarzer Club WA on the 13th July.

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.

A moment under the southern skies

A moment under the southern skies

A moment under the Southern Skies. The processed result of images taken on the 8th September.

This is a wide field nightscape astro photo featuring the Milky Way. It centers on the Southern Celestial Pole and so includes also: The Southern Cross and Pointers, Small Magellanic Cloud, Large Magellanic Cloud, Eta Carina (just barely above the south-west horizon) and other features of the southern night sky. There is even a meteor! The meteor is from one of the frames only and was a very quick bright one.

In a rare almost never seen before appearance, I am actually in the photograph too , standing on the ridge near the tree.

Workshops and the Milky Way

Perth Observatory Lowell Dome under the Milky Way with Jupiter above. Jupiter being near Opposition (May 2018)

It has been a crazy busy 2018 with workshops almost continuous. The first half of this year I’ve had a fun string of workshops all the way from a very busy January with many one-on-one workshops through to a very busy May with group bookings. Highlights this month were a private group one-on-one for a group of work colleagues (couple of hours workshop, dinner at the pub, then photo shoot),┬áShoot Workshops full day workshop, Stargazers Club WA on-site workshop at Lake Leschenaultia and a string of other one-on-one’s.

A feature of my workshops is that I have several tracking mounts and lots of telescope gear you can try (depending on your interests). The Vixen Polarie (supplied by Steve at the well respected australian supplier┬áwww.myastroshop.com.au┬áis always a hit but there’s also he iOptron, AstroTrac, Losmandy and others.

This photograph was a quick snap last night at Perth Observatory while participants around me were using their cameras, tripods and my mounts for astrophotography. This is a single 30 second exposure with the Canon 6D.