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Hobart at night – view from Mt Wellington

A few weeks ago I went up Mt Wellington to photograph Comet 46P Wirtanen (those pics are coming soon…). Before leaving I also took a few shots of Hobart at night viewed from on high.

Hobart night lights and a beautiful starry night

Hobart night lights and a beautiful starry night

There was a very light mist and the stars above the city lights were stunning too. In the shot above, Orion is prominent in the centre as are the “Seven Sisters” (pleiades) to the left. For those interested, the comet was just above the pleiades.

Hobart at night as seen from Mt Wellington

Hobart at night as seen from Mt Wellington

I wasn’t the only one up the mountain this evening, I was actually quite surprised at the number of vehicles and people milling around. It seems the genie is well and truly out of the bottle re the stunning scenery on offer here in Tasmania…

hobart city lights mt wellington

Hobart city lights, from mt wellington

This was also my first chance to shoot the stars with my brand new Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 and I am happy to report that looks to have been money well spent. I was able to grab the lens at 15% off recently which makes it all the more satisfying 🙂

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.