There's nothing I love more than a cold, frosty and clear winter night under the stars. Central Victoria turned on two great nights on Friday June 7th and Saturday 8th, with just a little cloud in the wee morning hours. I managed to get out and about a bit, to capture the evening conjunction and several other nightscapes a short distance away from the Astronomical Society of Victoria's Leon Mow Dark Sky Site.
Panorama of the Milky Way, Magellenic Clouds and the distant lights of MelbourneCanon 6D, 14mm Lens
Venus and Mercury low in the evening twilightCanon 6D, 200mm lens
Rho Ophiuchi with the Astronomical Society of Victoria's Astrophotography ObservatoryTakahashi Epsilon 160 (535mm, f3.3), Canon 60Da, 5 hours total exposure
The image above was taken from the Astrophotography Observatory at the Astronomical Society of Victoria's Leon Mow Dark Sky Site. The observatory and its equipment is now available to all ASV members to use, once they have completed some training to demonstrate they can use the equipment without breaking it!
Canon 6D, 24mm (left) and 14mm (right) lens
These last two images were processed with a nifty little trick I learned from Colin Legg. To reduce noise in the image while minimising blurring/softness, I took a sequence of images and then imported them into Adobe After Effects and applied 'temproral noise reduction' using the Neat Video plugin which reduces the noise and preserves detail by comparing the image to the adjacent frames, looking for movement vs random noise. It works nicely.. click on the images to open the higher res versions on SmugMug.
All the nightscape images on this page were taken with my new Canon 6D and either the 24mm or 14mm Canon lenses.