Sky from Wilson’s Prom

Over the summer break, CAASTRO and University of Melbourne Astrophysicist and old office mate, Pietro Procopio went to the beautiful Wilson’s Prom in Southern Victoria for a holiday and took some fantastic astrophotos while he was there. I asked him if he would share them with us and he was more than happy to. Below are his gorgeous photos and a few details on the images. Enjoy and thanks Pietro!

The two pictures were shot in a farm near the town of Yanakie, at the gate of the Wilson Prom. It was a cloudy night, but the last one we were spending in that place (I had also to test my new fisheye lens!). 

Sky over Wilson's Prom, Australia © Pietro Procopio

Sky over Wilson’s Prom, Australia © Pietro Procopio

Each picture is a 30sec single exposure, f3.5, ISO 3200. A little bit of post-processing was done in Lightroom, just to exploit the whole levels range and so to darken the sky a bit. 

Sky over Wilson's Prom © Pietro Procopio

Sky over Wilson’s Prom © Pietro Procopio

Unfortunately, some coma is visible due to the low f-ratio, that is because I wanted to keep exposure time as low as possible. 

Plenty to see in these images. Can you spot the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Southern Cross and Orion, just to name a few?

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First 2014 Lunar Eclipse

Last night was the first of a series of four Lunar Eclipses to happen over the next 18 months, called a tetrad. There was plenty of media coverage on this astronomical event in Australia as once again the wonders of the sky appealing to many. There are also plenty of images out there. I just wanted to show you a few from a couple of us in TiS that managed to get our camera out and get a some shots in while the moon passed through the Earth’s shadow and out the other side. In Melbourne the Moon was in the Earth’s shadow as it rose above the horizon and over the next hour an a half, slowly grew to the full Moon brightness.

Louise Ankers from Pascoe Vale Girls College was in Mansfield as the Moon rose and took this great image of the “Blood Moon” or the Moon in full shadow on her Canon EOS 700D.

April 2014 Lunar Eclipse taken by Louise Ankers, Mansfield, Victoria.

April 2014 Lunar Eclipse taken by Louise Ankers, Mansfield, Victoria.

The camera settings used:

f / 5.6

Exposure time 1 sec

ISO 800

Focal length 55 mm

Editing in Photoshop

It took some time for the Moon to clear the houses in front of me but here are a few images of the phases of the Lunar Eclipse as the Moon came out of the Earth’s shadow, taken from my front porch. Each of the photos were taken with my Canon EOS 700D with settings below;

Phase of the Moon as it passes out of Earth's shadow, taken by Author.

Phase of the Moon as it passes out of Earth’s shadow, taken by Author.

f / 5.6

Exposure time 1/250 sec

ISO 400

Focal length 85 mm

Over exposed Lunar Eclipse with visible red 'dark side', taken by Author.

Over exposed Lunar Eclipse with visible red ‘dark side’, taken by Author.

f / 5.6

Exposure time 1/2 sec

ISO 400

Focal length 85 mm

Lunar Eclipse and Mars (top left) taken by Author.

Lunar Eclipse and Mars (top left) taken by Author.

f / 5.6

Exposure time 1/2 sec

ISO 400

Focal length 85 mm

If you did miss this Lunar Eclipse, there will be another one in October this year. But before that we will have a partial Solar Eclipse in less than two weeks, April 29th just before sunset with over 60% coverage as seen from Melbourne. A good view to the West is essential! This fact sheet from ASA has all the details.