February 21, 2013

Large Magellanic Cloud and Tarantula


Am enjoying Deep Sky Stacker ... when it behaves itself :( More about this later.

February 19, 2013


20Stack by Astronomr
20Stack, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.


Quick Comet Stack

Quick Comet Stack by Astronomr
Quick Comet Stack, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Comet Lemmon, SMC and Tuc47 Cluster. Shot last night on 50mm lens over at Bill's place.

I have to say I am very happy with the job Deep Sky Stacker has done on these (20frames at 6s), but surprised it killed the colour :D

February 18, 2013

Dat Galaxy

Dat Galaxy by Astronomr
Dat Galaxy, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

POTD 48.

Getting better at this shot all the time! :D

February 17, 2013

Cars and Stars

Cars and Stars by Astronomr
Cars and Stars, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Proof of concept - a shot about Movement ... will persue this harder on a clearer and more planned outing :D

February 16, 2013

Back to Basics

Back to Basics by Astronomr
Back to Basics, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Wanting to go back to what I love to shoot, the stars, and especially this constellation ...


February 13, 2013

Day Three of Chasing the Galaxy

Not a POTD, but still quite happy with it. I'm finding that shooting the 'Way on a 14mm is quite hard. Especially hard to get everything in focus!

13-17 seconds at ISO 3200 gives some good results, if a little noisy. If I can get a stack working, even of 5 or 6 images, this will be stunning.

Worth the 4am wake up!

February 12, 2013

Kawau II, the Reckoning

Kawau II, the Reckoning by Astronomr
Kawau II, the Reckoning, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

POTD 42 ...

Same shot as yesterday, 5am, but from a different location. Looks like I need to get up even EARLIER to avoid that Dawn light

February 11, 2013

The Milky Way Over Kawau

The Milky Way Over Kawau by Astronomr
The Milky Way Over Kawau, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

With great tooth pain comes great responsibility, here's what happens when my phantom teeth wake me up at 5am ...


February 10, 2013

Trails at the Farm

Trails at the Farm by Astronomr
Trails at the Farm, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

POTD 40.

Spent about 4 hours out there doingthis last night, and got fogged about halfway through, of course having the interval set to 100ms between shots meant I couldn't check to see how Foggy it actually was! So a learning experience there!

Also, 1600 ISO produces very nice and detailed trails, but they're an ASS to post process. I ended up doing them in batches of 20 shots set to lighten then adding the batches to one another, anything else meant for additive noise and yuk!

February 9, 2013

Therough a Hole in the Sky

Therough a Hole in the Sky by Astronomr
Therough a Hole in the Sky, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Re-edited some old shots this week, thanks to being here and having nothing to do but throb and wait for the pain to subside. POTD 39

February 7, 2013

Wellington City Lights

Wellington City Lights by Astronomr
Wellington City Lights, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Just how many stars can I get in a city I asked myself last year ... this is the answer - POTD 37

February 5, 2013

Acturus above the house

Acturus above the house by Astronomr
Acturus above the house, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

POTD 35 ... no teeth

February 3, 2013

Linked Sunday Afternoon

Afternoon all!  Just taking a little time to share some tuts that have been very helpful recently!!

First Up, the ever-good Cambridge in Colour, always good for a multitude of things, and they dont treat you like an idiot.

Next up is Star Circle Academy, which is all about astro shooting and is VERY good!

Last but not least, todays article about Startrails


Auckland and The Way

Auckland and The Way by Astronomr
Auckland and The Way, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

Well, after a wee foray into HDR (more next week) and running around on other things (landscape, winning competitions etc) :D I got the chance to head out last night with Liam to have an adventure.

We went for rather s nice drive and ended up here, at Mahurangi Regional Park. So this is the Milky Way and some of Auckland in the corner. The skies cleared nicely for a while, so there was much running around.

February 2, 2013

Cement Works

Cement Works by Astronomr
Cement Works, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.

32nd POTD. The other's not posted here as they wern't star shots :)