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More Pentax Astrotracer shots with the K5/O-GPS1

More Pentax Astrotracer shots with the K5/O-GPS1

It was quite clear early last night so I had another run with the Pentax Astrotracer unit (O’GPS1). For the most part I looked at the nebulae in Sagittarius but I also focused on the Magellanic clouds before some thicker clouds of a less photographic nature ended the evening a bit earlier than expected… The first shot (above) shows the Lagoon Nebula (the large pink nebula) and the Trifid Nebula (smaller, below and to the right of the Lagoon) in the constellation Sagittarius which is high in the sky at this time of year… Read more →
Night Sky & Pentax O’GPS1 Astro Tracer

Night Sky & Pentax O’GPS1 Astro Tracer

While on Maria Island recently we were treated to an incredibly clear night and I decided to break out the Pentax O’GPS1 Unit and make use of its unique astro tracing function. I have posted in detail about this feature in a previous post, but in a nutshell, the feature utilises the cameras in camera image stabilisation to literally rotate the camera’s sensor and negate the effect of star trailing… Read more →
Comet PanSTARRS in Tasmania, March 4 2013

Comet PanSTARRS in Tasmania, March 4 2013

Comet PanSTARRS made a stunning sight very low in the south western twilight earlier this month. Luckilly for us in Tasmania we were blessed with some stunningly clear nights and on March 4th I took a trip up Mt Wellington to see what I could see… Read more →
Night sky photography in Tasmania

Night sky photography in Tasmania

Night sky photography in Tasmania is an absolute joy. Even from the State’s capital, Hobart, it is a relatively short drive to some great dark sky locations. The past week in particular has seen a great deal of activity in the night-sky above Tasmania, luckilly co-inciding wth a series of very clear nights… Read more →
Astro Photography – Pentax K5 & Astro Tracer

Astro Photography – Pentax K5 & Astro Tracer

I recently purchased the Pentax GPS Unit O-GPS1 for the Pentax K5, which as well as providing GPS functionality contains a rather handy little feature called “Astro Tracer”. This feature takes full advantage of the K5′s in camera shake reduction feature to literally rotate the camera’s sensor in time with the earth’s movement – as determined by the GPS data… Read more →

Photographing the Night Sky: High ISO & the Pentax K5

Saturday night in Hobart was one of the clearest skies I’ve seen in a long time – and I’ve been keeping an eye out lately :) so I packed the thermals & down jacket and headed for the top of Mt Wellington, where the temperature hovered between 0 & 1 degree (-6 with wind chill apparently!)… Read more →