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Perth Observatory Meridian Telescope Dome

Perth Observatory Meridian Telescope Dome

Perth Observatory Meridian Telescope Dome

At the Perth Observatory again last night (for a committee meeting, nothing exciting I assure you!) I took the opportunity of a clear night without public or astrophotography workshop to snap a few pictures of the Milky Way. Here’s a quick one of the Meridian Telescope Dome.¬†Not currently in use, the dome as once manned every night of the year as part of the Meridian Program. I like the light falling on the Meridian building in this photograph, subtly outlining it’s unique shape.

It’s a great time of year to be photographing the central bulge of the Milky Way, as it’s rising at a very reasonable hour soon after sunset. It’s bright and easy to see and photograph under semi-dark skies (or darker). Here the central bulge of the Milky Way is shown behind top-left of the telescope building. [click here for larger image]

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Perth Observatory Shoot Photography Workshop Night

Perth Observatory Astrograph under the stars of the MIlky Way.

Perth Observatory Astrograph under the stars of the MIlky Way.

Perth Observatory Emu with Astrograph Dome

Perth Observatory Emu with Astrograph Dome

Last night I enjoyed a beautiful evening under the stars at the Perth Observatory with participants from my Shoot Photography Studio Nightscapes workshop. The evening was just perfect – cool but not freezing, slight breeze but not too strong, no cloud!

Thanks to everyone who came along and had a great time. We got to photograph the Moon and Jupiter through an observatory telescope followed by lots of nightscapes and star trail shots, learning the ins and outs of focusing, tracking, ISO, noise reduction and where all our camera buttons are in the dark! I run the Shoot Photography Studio Nightscapes workshop several times each year and also provide one-on-one tutoring on-demand. My astrophotography workshop night at the Perth Observatory is optional and follows on from the two day weekend course prior.

Workshop under the Milky Way

Workshop under the Milky Way

Workshop under the Milky Way

A backyard workshop under the night sky with the Milky Way overhead. Two pine trees stand tall as silhouettes against the bright night sky. Near the top of frame is the bright yellow/orange star Antares, a well known and easily recognised star in the constellation of Scorpius (the scorpion), which lies in the direction of the centre of our Milky Way, the large bulge of stars seen in this image.

Are you looking for astro photography workshops, where you can learn the night sky and how to photograph the Milky Way? I can help with that, I have a two day workshop and other options available.

Perth Observatory Star Viewing Night

Celestron 14 inch Telescope at Perth Observatory Star Viewing Night

Celestron 14 inch Telescope at Perth Observatory Star Viewing Night

Being a volunteer Star Viewing Night (SVN) host at Perth Observatory is great fun and rewarding. The public love coming along to see the night sky, and kids become enthused about science and astronomy.

I’ve always wanted to get some nice astro photographs of the Perth Observatory Star Viewing Nights, partly as a historic record and partly for use by the Perth Observatory as promotional material. As a host I usually don’t have time to take photographs, and so such a task required a dedicated trip to the Perth Observatory, on Saturday the 1st March 2014.

Below are some photographs of the Star Viewing Night activities at the Perth Observatory.

All photographs are available for purchase as prints or digital files for copyright use and personal printing.