NGC 1532 (spiral galaxy)

NGC 1532 (galaxy in the constellation of Fornax). 22 x 300s clear + 30 x 180s blue + 30 x 180s green + 30 x 180s red. ST8-XME, 12" SCT @ ~2200mm (0.84"/pixel).

NGC 1532 (galaxy in the constellation of Fornax). 22 x 300s clear + 30 x 180s blue + 30 x 180s green + 30 x 180s red. ST8-XME, 12″ SCT @ ~2200mm (0.84″/pixel).

See this and more galaxies in my galaxy gallery. This is probably one of my better LRGB galaxies to date, not something I do very often (LRGB imaging). To view a plate-sovle of this image which shows the objects in it (when you hover your mouse over the image) see it on my astrobin accounthttp://www.astrobin.com/113009/. It will also show you where in the sky this galaxy is located.

Sunspots – August 9, 2014

Sunspots - August 9, 2014

Sunspots – August 9, 2014

There are some nice sunspots with extra surface detail surrounding, today. This photograph was taken using my Megrez 90 APO telescope, Canon 6D, Tamron 2x teleconverter, Kenko extension tubes (between 2x and 6D body). It’s a stack of 470 frames recorded using Backyard EOS. A Baader white light filter was used (never look at or photograph directly at he sun without a safe filter).

Karri Forest Fungus

Karri Forest Fungus (red)

Karri Forest Fungus (red)

Karri Forest Fungus (golden)

Karri Forest Fungus (golden)

My wife and I have spent years crawling around the understory of Karri Forests in the south-west of Western Australia. Back in 2000 – 2010 we regularly visited the area every year, amassing quite a collection of orchid and fungus photography. It’s amazing what you find, and you always find something new. People drive, cycle or walk through forests for hours and not see a single interesting thing, but if they just stopped and sat down for 10 minutes in the one spot they would be amazed by how much is within 1 square metre of themselves.

Since 2010 we haven’t done much in the way of macro photography in the Karri Forests, so a recent trip, in the brand new age of modern digital cameras, resulted in some macro fun on level of photographic quality which was significantly hard with film photography in the early 2000′s, but which is now quite achievable. The above two photographs are some nice glowing examples. The fungus appears to glow in it’s surroundings, semi-translucent and brightly coloured almost like a neon sign. And yet you can be assured most people still walk past these.

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.