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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. 🙂

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

Pemberton Astrophotography

I have been taking a bit of a break from astrophotography in the last few weeks, finally Winter has hit so it’s family holiday time. A regular family holiday spot for us is Pemberton in the south-west of Western Australia. As a family of photographers the area has endless photography opportunities. Many hours spent kneeling or lying on dirt to photograph interesting fungus and orchids! I’m yet to successfully incorporate macros subjects in astrophotography though! (there’s always a next challenge, right?)

This trip to Pemberton was a family holiday and so I only ventured outside briefly a couple of times for astrophotography. We happened to be staying around the corner from the Pemberton train station. What an amazing site for photography! It’s like someone installed a movie set with all the props and lighting, just waiting for photographers to arrive. My only challenge was ignoring the spooky nature of it to try and get some creativity and freedom flowing. I barely scratched the surface. Of course the challenge in Pemberton is often the weather – you can easily be there a week and have cloud every night, and you can see even in these photos evidence of encroaching cloud and fog which I only just beat.

Anyway, after much messing around on the computer, here’s some fun pics from the two nights.

Pemberton steam train at the Pemberton train station with the southerm Ilky Way above (including the Large Magellanic Cloud).

Pemberton Tramway Co with the Southern Milky Way.

Pemberton train station at night with the southern sky above.

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.

Constellation of Orion with Pleiades

Constellation of Orion with Pleaides, setting in a field of stars.Const

I have been enjoying setting aside a little more time for myself to take astrophotography around all the other busy things in my life like my dayjob, workshops, and building observatories! This image of the constellation of Orion setting in the north-west late one night is such a result.

Pleiades is extremely low on the western horizon, Taurus with the bright yellow/orange star Aldebaran is above Pleiades and then above that the constellation of Orion. The fainter northern Milky Way is visible to the right of Orion as the stream of stars down the image. Silhouette of gumtrees complete the image.

A lucky meteor at Perth Observatory

A lucky meteor at Perth Observatory.

Recently hosting a tour at Perth Observatory I was snapping a few pics as I do, mostly to get some more marketing material to assist the observatory. I found this one in subsequent days which features a nice bright meteor low on the southern horizon! Not bad catch for a night that ended up 2/3 cloudy.

The photograph also features southern night sky targets including Eta Carina, Southern Cross, Coal sack and both Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.