Mt Observation and Wandoo Woodland

The road winding in to Mt Observation, between Perth and York in the Western Australian Wheatbelt region.

The road winding in to Mt Observation, between Perth and York in the Western Australian Wheatbelt region.

Mt Observation road wet with rain after a wintry morning.

Mt Observation road wet with rain after a wintry morning.

Wet leaf litter in the Wandoo forest around Mt Observation. Typical of this region of the Wheatbelt in Western Australia.

Wet leaf litter in the Wandoo forest around Mt Observation. Typical of this region of the Wheatbelt in Western Australia. Bright sunlight between rain showers is making the leaves shine strongly and giving high contrast.

Wheatbelt Wanderings

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Wheat field in the mist (Goomalling, Western Australia)

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Today I enjoyed a photography excursion to the wheatbelt, driving through Northam, Goomalling and Todyay. Trips like this have been relatively rare in the last year or two, with my spare time spent more on astrophotography or travelling for other reasons. It’s fun to focus on terrestrial photography a little again. I started off the morning in monochrome mode, and these above photographs are from that time, when the fog was still only just starting to lift at 10:30am! The day turned out to be beautiful and sunny, but of course the best photographs were from the morning with fog.

Orion and Jupiter setting among cloud

Orion and Jupiter setting among cloud and light pollution.

Orion and Jupiter setting among cloud and light pollution. (click to enlarge)

You could be forgiven for thinking, looking at a website like this, that whenever an astronomer sticks their camera outside they see stars and galaxies. Well, not the case! Most inconveniently, it is often cloud! At the ASWA Astro Camp on the weekend just gone, the weather didn’t play particularly nice, coming over quite cloudy on the first night, and only allowing a two hour (albeit perfect two hour) gap on Saturday night.

The above photograph shows a little tiny bit of the constellation of Orion poking up above a layer of cloud, and Jupiter shining through the cloud. The orange look to the cloud is derived from light pollution reflecting on the clouds.

Galaxies Abound

NGC Galaxies 26 28 March 2014

NGC Galaxies 26 28 March 2014

Continuing with the theme of survey images from my photography of NGC objects, the above photograph shows a selection of twelve galaxies. I have been spoilt for choice lately, with a wide selection of spectacular galaxies imaged. All are 5 x 180s exposures (sum combine) using Meade 12″ SCT @ 2160mm focal length on a Paramount ME, using SBIG ST8-XME @ Bin 1×1.

Some nice galaxies and other NGC objects

I’ve been really enjoying getting back in to some NGC and in particular galaxy photography lately. I have some fresh head-space following a chaotic few months, and a fresh goal to photograph objects for. Here is a small selection I posted on my facebook page recently.

NGC Objects 25th February 2014

NGC Objects 25th February 2014

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NGC 1313

NGC 1313

NGC Galaxies 5th March 2014

NGC Galaxies 5th March 2014