The other night we took fish & chips to the local Lake Leschenaultia, to watch the sunset and enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s pure serenity at the lake late in the afternoon and evening when the crowds have gone home but the gates are still open. The wildlife is incredibly active – birds, tortoise, fish, frogs. Fascinating to watch the goings-n. The photographs above show the nice twilight colours over Lake Leschenaultia after the sun had set, together with some of the water birds. If you look closely you will see dragonfly and disturbances in the water surface from tortoise. For more Lake Leschenaultia photography (available as canvas and art prints if you wish) see a small selection of my work here.
I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph a strangely cooperative dragonfly the other night. It was nicely sitting on our lime tree.
I’ve had some fun reading about this galaxy NGC 1600 and annotating the above photograph with information. This image is from my standard nightly survey of galaxies and as such is only a brief 5 exposures each of 180 seconds in length. I hope you enjoy the representation with additional information about NGC 1600. Some of the information was gleaned from this interesting article on NGC 1600 by Smith. et al 2008.
Below is the plain image without annotations where you can see the galaxies more clearly perhaps:
Looking through my Karri Forest gallery you will probably find very similar photographs to this from 8 odd years ago, probably taken with film! But the fact is I never tire of this kind of Karri Forest photograph, and never tire of the Karri Forest its self. The dripping wet, smell of the rich muddy dirt and composting leaf litter, sound of light rain in the canopy, and a world of amazing photographs everywhere you look.
Recently I have been conbritubting many hours of photography to the global effort of documenting and characterizing the comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring). This comet will be passing very close to Mars in October. Observations of this comet are useful to agencies such as NASA who have hardware orbiting Mars. Today I published a fun little video of images from just one night, the 24th August. You can see it at Vimeo below.
See this and more galaxies in my galaxy gallery. This is probably one of my better LRGB galaxies to date, not something I do very often (LRGB imaging). To view a plate-sovle of this image which shows the objects in it (when you hover your mouse over the image) see it on my astrobin account: http://www.astrobin.com/113009/. It will also show you where in the sky this galaxy is located.
There are some nice sunspots with extra surface detail surrounding, today. This photograph was taken using my Megrez 90 APO telescope, Canon 6D, Tamron 2x teleconverter, Kenko extension tubes (between 2x and 6D body). It’s a stack of 470 frames recorded using Backyard EOS. A Baader white light filter was used (never look at or photograph directly at he sun without a safe filter).
I bet you thought that you saw everything in that last Karri Forest fungus photo in my previous post, but I bet you didn’t see these little fellow calling out to you, waving his antenna trying to get your attention! 🙂