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night sky photography

The Milky Way & Pentax Astrotracer

The Milky Way is always a mesmerising subject to view and to photograph and the dark skies of Tasmania are an ideal location to view not just the Milky Way but the neighboring “dwarf” galaxies the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. On a recent clear night (July 3, 2014 to be precise) I ventured out...Read More

Cradle Mountain Photography Workshop Sept 22-24, 2014

I will be running a three day Cradle Mountain photography workshop from September 22 to 24, 2014. By special request, a feature of this workshop will be night sky, so we will spend at least one evening at Dove Lake to look at and photograph the stars. The dates of this workshop have been chosen...Read More

Pentax K3 Astrophotography & Interval Composite Mode

With the Pentax K3 astrophotography has been given a boost with the “Interval Composite” shooting mode. Interval Composite, as the name suggests, allows you to stack a number of images in camera to produce one single RAW file which contains all the exposures. This is obviously of great benefit when you consider disk-space on your...Read More

Cradle Mountain sunrise and sunset photos

Whether I am doing photography tuition or “regular” tour guiding with Leatherwood Tasmania Tours the place I come to the most is Cradle Mountain. All of my Cradle Mountain photography tours and workshops include sunrise and sunset photos at Dove Lake whereas other tour groups visit the lake at more conventional hours. Last week I...Read More

Southern Lights Tasmania – Cradle Mountain!

Something wonderful happened on Saturday November 9 2013 – the aurora australis, or southern lights, made an impromptu guest appearance! As luck would have it I was up at Cradle Mountain, doing some tour planning for Leatherwood Tasmania Tours. As it turned out the show was quite brief, and the best part of the show...Read More

Andromeda Galaxy – Lake St Clair, Tasmania

I have just come back from a whirlwind visit to the Lake St Clair and Wild Rivers National Park area of central Tasmania, and the first photo I’d like to share with you is this one… The Andromeda Galaxy is a fairly common sight for those in the northern hemisphere, but at the relatively far...Read More

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...Read More