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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Comet Lovejoy is in a wonderful part of the night sky for viewing and photographing right now. It is currently passing very close to the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) which is the famous star cluster near Taurus and Orion and quite easy to spot on a dark night. The comet itself is visible as a diffuse...Read More

Night Sky Photography Tasmania: October 21-22 2014

For anyone into night sky photography Tasmania is a joy. As well as regular displays of the southern aurora, the dark skies of Tasmania mean many distant objects can be sought out relatively easily. The Orionids Meteor Shower My main aim heading out last night was to witness the Orionids meteor display. I have never...Read More

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

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

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...Read More