Roger Groom

Appreciation for observations

[caption id="attachment_1923" align="alignnone" width="792"] NASA Rosetta observation certificate of participation[/caption] This is a nice gesture. In 2014 I recorded observations of the comet that the spacecraft Rosetta (with Philae lander) was approaching over many nights, providing these to Padma who collated such data from amateur astronomers. It's nice to have something…

8474 RETTIG binary system discovery

Minor Planet 8474 Rettig from Roger Groom on Vimeo. Video sequence of the minor planet 8474 Rettig moving across the night sky. [caption id="attachment_1915" align="alignnone" width="958"] 8474 Rettig - 2015-07-11T10:43 UTC[/caption] I often participate in astronomical research by way of providing observations to other amateurs and to professionals. The promise…

Lake Ballard

Lake Ballard is a salt lake in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. The salt lake is home to an art installation by Antony Gormley know as Inside Australia. This combination of remote salt lake, sculptures and interesting landforms makes Lake Ballard a popular destination for photographers, amateur astronomers, astrophotographers…

Roebuck Plains

[caption id="attachment_1840" align="alignnone" width="1542"] I didn't imagine Australia had such large open grasslands, not natural anyhow. This is Roebuck Plains, taken on a tour with Broome Bird Observatory. Endless plains of grass you literally cannot see the end of, yet teaming with birds. The specks in the sky are birds.[/caption]

Fields of Gold

  A nice sunset with golden light on the farmland and clouds. A green grass tree in the foreground provides nice contrast to the scene beyond. A rainbow is visible in the far distance on the right horizon - a pot of gold at it's base perhaps? Taken in Gidgegannup, Western…

Dinner at Lake Leschenaultia

[caption id="attachment_1787" align="alignnone" width="475"] Lake Leschenaultia. This photograph would make an absolutely beautiful large wall print. Perhaps a high gloss acrylic or aluminium print.[/caption] The other night we took fish & chips to the local Lake Leschenaultia, to watch the sunset and enjoy the peace and quiet. It's pure serenity…

A cooperative Dragonfly

[caption id="attachment_1775" align="alignnone" width="1542"] Dragon Fly on lime tree[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1776" align="alignnone" width="931"] Dragon Fly on lime tree[/caption] I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph a strangely cooperative dragonfly the other night. It was nicely sitting on our lime tree.

NGC 1600 and Friends

[caption id="attachment_1768" align="alignnone" width="1801"] NGC 1600 and other galaxies. 5 x 180 second exposures. 0.84"/pixel scale.[/caption] I've had some fun reading about this galaxy NGC 1600 and annotating the above photograph with information. This image is from my standard nightly survey of galaxies and as such is only a brief…