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

NGC 2613

NGC 2613

NGC 1313

NGC 1313

NGC Galaxies 5th March 2014

NGC Galaxies 5th March 2014

Aurora Australis from Perth, WA – 20th February 2014

Aurora Australis from Perth Western Australia, so faint it wasn’t visible out in the field visually or distinguishable on the camera, rather only evident as moving pillars of pink flicking between frames on the PC at home. The Aurora Australis occured between 8:15pm and 9pm on the 14th February. The rising moon then started to brighten the sky and wash out the aurora.

Aurora-2014-02-20-PS-Stack-flatenned-with-DBE-overlay

A Weekend at Tammin

I enjoyed a night at the ASWA Tammin observing site this weekend (November 2013) and have a few photographs below to show from the trip.

Also see: Wheatbelt Kaleidoscope