Now for something different…
I’ve always been an avid astronomy hobbyist, ever since I spent my teen years at Siding Spring Observatory — Australia’s largest professional site for optical observations. My Dad worked (and we lived) onsite, as an electronics technician keeping the critical equipment running. As a consequence, I got to live on a mountain, in a national park, and be exposed to real science from an early age!
Anyway, I’ve recently had a chance to take up my amateur astronomy pursuits again, and this time to try my hand at some astrophotography. I own good-quality but relatively inexpensive equipment right now (most of my imaging to date has been done through an 80mm ED refractor and either a Sony NEX-3 DSLR camera or an Orion StarShoot G3 monochrome CCD). Apparently astrophotography is a bottomless money pit — there is always the next upgrade to look to! But one step at a time.
Anyway, here are a few of my recent images that I thought you might enjoy — or want to critique. They were taken in the relatively light-polluted skies of suburban Adelaide, but I’ll soon (in one month, in fact) be moving to a much darker site in southern Tasmania. Did I tell you all that I’ve taken a new job at the University of Tasmania?
Here is the selected gallery, with full capture details and higher-rez versions in the link to the Astrobin AP hosting website.
NGC 253, the ‘Silver Coin’ galaxy in Sculptor (http://www.astrobin.com/118924)
M42, the Orion Nebula (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/117345)
M25, an open cluster in the rich star cloud of Sagittarius (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/110631)
M8 (Lagoon) and M20 (Trifid) Nebulae in wide field (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/114602)
NGC 6752 – Great Peacock Globular cluster (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/112389)
NGC 3372 Keyhole Nebula with Eta Carina (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/98885)
Crux to Carina, a nightscape of southern constellations (details here: http://www.astrobin.com/95168)
Hope you enjoy!