Perth Observatory Astrograph under the stars of the MIlky Way.
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.
Eta Carina Nebula – Fuji X-E2 Test shot (1 frame, 6400ISO, 2 minute exposure)
A little while ago I purchased an adaptor to fit my Fuji X-E2 on to my telescopes. It’s been a busy few months so I hadn’t had a chance to play with it until now. Last night I snapped a few pictures to test how the camera performs. It turns out I need another adapter (surprise surprise!) and so the tests ended up being without my field-flattener/corrector (which is sub-optimal). By not being able to include the field flattener you can notice some distortion around the periphery of the frame. This is easily cleaned up when having the correct combination of lenses used in the telescope – perhaps another night soon once I have sourced an adapter.
It is interesting to see what the Fuji can do. This nebula may be one of the brightest in the sky, and so one of the easiest and least challenging for the Fuji, but still it was very easy to bring out the colour. So far I am finding the Fuji X-E2 provides easier colour, especially in the reds and pinks, than the Canon 6D, and has no more noise than the 6D – perhaps less.