Monthly Archives: June 2014

Farming Stars

Farming Stars - The Milky Way

Farming Stars – The Milky Way

This is a simple single exposure photograph of the Milky Way not far from where I live in the hills of Western Australia, to the east of Perth. I like the lighting on the foreground grass paddock and colourful sky overhead in this photograph. The Milky Way is very high in the eastern sky, spreading overhead towards the west. Some clouds are drifting through the field of view.

Embracing the Stars at Kings Park

Embracing the StarsThis photograph from Kings Park in Perth, Western Australia may not be as “astro” as much of my astrophotography but it does contain stars under the night sky (believe it or not). Light pollution has outshone most of the stars and the Milky Way, but the Tree, shown in this fisheye lens view, appears to be embracing the few stars showing in the night sky. View bigger¬†.

The city lights of Perth are extremely bight and completely white out the sky in only a 10 second F/2.8 6400ISO exposure. This image is a 5 exposure HDR sequence with the longest exposure being 10 seconds F/4.5 3200ISO. The longer exposures in the sequence reveal the few stars while the shorter exposures reclaim colour in the city and foreground. The stars visible here are those towards the central bulge of the Milky Way, such as Antares and other bright stars of Scorpius and surrounding constellations.

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.