Shadowness - obsidianphotos 33 year old amateur astrophotographer from Australia. en Star Trail <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 03:35:23 -0400 No Prizes For Guessing Where I Live <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />9 frame panorama. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:51:55 -0400 Dreamtime <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />A waning gibbous moon rises on the eastern horizon, watched over by the central bulge of the Milky Way. In the top right of frame is the Southern Cross (Crux) Constellation. Just next to that is the dark coal sack nebula. To the dreamtime beliefs of the Australian Aboriginals, the coal sack nebula is the head of their Emu Constellation. The neck and body of the Emu is made up of the dark dust lanes extending towards the central bulge of our gallaxy. You should also be able to spot a bright meteor strike in this field of view. Vertical panorama made from 6 horizontal images. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:07:51 -0400 The Hanging Gardens <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Over 180 vertical panorama made from 10 horizontal images. Landscape lit by the light from a quarter moon. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:38:29 -0400 The Transit Of Venus <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />WARNING: NEVER DIRECTLY OBSERVE THE SUN WITH THE NAKED EYE OR THROUGH A TELESCOPE, CAMERA OR OTHER OPTICAL DEVICE UNLESS YOU HAVE A PROPER SOLAR FILTER SECURELY FITTED AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING. 5th and 6th of June 2012. The planet Venus makes it's way slowly across the face of the sun for the last time this century (as seen from Earth). The next Venus Transit will not occur until December 2117. I was absolutely blessed with beautiful weather for this event. I was fully prepared to pack up my gear and head off to chase clear skies but two days out from the transit all the weather forecasts pointed to a fine and clear day for my home area. I decided to trust it and I invited family and friends around to witness it with me. Despite many casting doubts over my weather forecast due to the persistent rain in the days leading up to the event, I never backed down and the day dawned with not a cloud in sight. It remained that way until about one hour after the transit had finished when the clouds started to roll back through. In addition to the Coronado solar scope I also had an 8" F/6 Dobsonian Telescope setup with a white light solar filter so that family, friends and I could visually observe the transit at the same time as my camera was doing it's thing on the other scope. This sequence spans a 6 hour period from second contact (left) at 8:30am (Australian EST) through to third contact (right) at 2:30pm. The shots in between were taken at half hour intervals. Canon 60D Baader Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom EP H-alpha Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope) NEQ6 Pro Goto Telescope Mount 50 images stacked together in Registax 6 for the faint prominences around the solar limb. 5 images stacked together for the surface detail of the sun and one of the Venus images. Additional 12 images of Venus processed individually and then layer masked on top of the background image in PS CS3. Captured in monochrome and a false colour added at the end. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 03:16:09 -0400 Rising Tide <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Lake Hume, Australia Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:05:10 -0400 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy II <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Revisiting an old location with new equipment. This road sign is only a three minute drive away from my house. Over 180 degree panorama made up of about 10 images vertically shooting. Tue, 22 May 2012 03:56:57 -0400 The World Through My Eyes <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />I have had so many people both on here and elsewhere say that "My Little World" looks like an eye, that I could not resist trying my hand at this. Image is made up of a single image of one of my eyes and the 17 images that went into the panorama to create "My Little World." *Full View Please*..........but don't look too closely. I never have and never will pretend to be a wiz at photoshop. I'm just having a bit of fun............ Sun, 13 May 2012 05:44:16 -0400 My Little World <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />I have been wanting to do one of these for a while now. Decided to turn a 360 degree nightsky panorama that I had into a "little planet" projection. When I first did the panorama images I didn't capture enough data above the plane of the Milky Way in parts so it has lead to inevitable distortion of a few areas. Other than that I am pretty happy with how this has turned out. If you look closely you can see me on the horizon to the left of the central bulge of the Milky Way. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:38:12 -0400 Emerging From The Fog <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Fog engulfs valleys below my house as the Milky Way emerges above. Pretty happy with this one apart from the intrusive patches of light pollution. I normally don't "see" these small towns over thirty miles away if the sky is perfectly clear but seeing as there is a layer of cloud above them the light is reflecting off the cloud. Just goes to show how much light energy we waste to the heavens. Green cast above the clouds is airglow caused by natural oxygen in the upper atmosphere and is similar to aurora but much less spectacular of course Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:49:13 -0400