From the classroom, to the Universe

Southern Skies

Earthshine

During the moons crescent phase, you can see a pale glow on the unlit part of the moon which is actually the light reflected by the Earth hence the term. So go out and have and take a peak of this treat tonight! No telescope required.        
 Photo details:

ISO 400 at 1 sec exposure 

Canon 700D and Skywatcher ed80 

edited using PS express. 

 


M42 Orion Nebula

Its was a clear day and I had a chance to do some quick imaging of the Orion Nebula at Salt Pan Reserve in the suburb of Riverwood,NSW. I was a bit hesitant because I was alone and not familiar with the place. Thankfully it was a safe and friendly place and I met a few people who were curiuos to what was I am doing.  Luckily I was able to share a few stars and the nebulas with them.

 
15 meters away from the car park ,light posts and apartments around gave heaps of glow in sky but I was able capture 12×10 second subs of M42.

  
Image details:

10×12 sec exposure at 1600ISO using Canon 700D and Skywatcher 80mm ED mounted on a NEQ6 pro. 

Processes using Deep Sky Stacker , Photoshop and Instagram.

Taken at Riverwood, NSW. 


Venus Jupiter Conjunction

 Conjunction is a phenomena when two or more celestial body appear to be close in the sky. Here in this photo of the recent planetary conjunction of Venus(left) and Jupiter is at their closest taken July 1,2015. 

 

 


Crux

 Crux or the Southern Cross is probably the most popular constellation in Australia and is as well a symbol in their flag. In the southern hemisphere, it is used to approximate then location of the south celestial pole by extending it 4 1/2 times to where it points. In one aboriginal culture, it is regarded as a stingray. 

Photo details:

Canon 700D 

30s single exposure f4 at ISO 3200

Taken at Katoomba Airstrip, NSW