Australia: Land Of Stars

When I went to Australia in 1990-91 and 1999-2000, I had no eyes then for the night sky – this time, I did! The night sky is just amazing and beyond words, though there is a lot of light pollution now along the east coast. In August (Australian winter), the Milky Way is visible from around 07pm until 04am, and the center of our home galaxy, between the constellation of Scorpius and Sagittarius, is straight up at the zenith. It can´t get much better – even the temperatures at night were moderate. So set up the cameras and enjoy the show, while time is running fast…! As always, I´m going to develop the night sky images first, going a step further this time by making panoramas and mosaics of the MW and combining static and star trail images into one. Hope you enjoy them!

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MilkyWayPano-620

Mosaic of the Milky Way: 20 single images, each @ 70mm (110mm on a 1100 Da), 20 sec, f 2.8, Iso 3200, tracked with Vixen Polarie…(original file size: 925 MB/16 bit !)

Workflow MW: importing RAW´s into Lightroom 4 and doing global adjustments; exporting images to Hugin for panorama/mosaic; output image back into LR4 doing minor adjustments; exporting image into Color Efex Pro and see how it works; bringing the image then back into LR4 and doing adjustments again – finished…

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Star trails, including the Milky Way: 55 single images, each @ 20mm (32mm on a 1100 Da), 120 sec, f 3.2, Iso 800 and one static image, tracked with Vixen Polarie, 120 sec., f 3.2, Iso 800; this is my first star trails image shot with the modified 1100 d, which can be seen by the reddish hydrogen-alpha nebulae, like M16, M17, M20, M8 and NGC 6357, 6334 and 6188, from right to left…

Workflow Star trails: importing RAW´s into Lightroom 4 and doing global adjustments; exporting images to StarStaxx; re-importing the output image into LR4 doing adjustments again; exporting the trail image and the static image into Gimp and combining the two; back then into LR4 and from there into Color Efex Pro and see how it works; bringing the image then back into LR4 and doing adjustments again – finished…

Puuh…I´m actually not much into that technical stuff, but I think that´s a good start-up with…Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Australia: Land Of Stars

  1. Kenneth

    I’d love to go to Australia some day, just for the lesser light pollution. I’m having a hard time trying to get the stars on camera in the city. Your night sky images are amazing!

    Reply
    1. Werner Priller Post author

      Thanks a lot, Kenneth!
      Give it a try in Australia – best time would be July and August.
      But be aware, you might get addicted…

      Cheers, Werner

      Reply

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