Author Archives: Roger Groom

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.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Comet 46P/Wirtanen on the 8th December 2018.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen has been featuring in many astro photo’s recently so it would be remiss of me to not share one of my attempts!

This is from last night 8th December. Three nights earlier I was in the WA Central Wheabelt under dark skies and the comet was naked eye when viewed with averted vision.

This was my first serious test of my new ZWO 30mm guide scope and ZWO 290MC camera for autoguiding. The 290MC is not the camera I intended to use with the guidescope but it seems my QHY QGuider has been outpaced by windows versions and no longer functional simply due to driver availability.

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), Shoot 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 www.myastroshop.com.au is 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.