Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Mad for the night, and the deep unknown …
Ever since I visited the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra with my parents as a very small child, I have been captive to the stars.
I now have the time to pursue my passion obsession for astrophotography with reasonable equipment and loads of enthusiasm. There is (as with all such pursuits involving photography) a wish/need balance on what can be achieved. I'm content with the results so far …. It's a steep curve.
My inspiration for getting up at 3.30am to image the sky is partly the personal challenge, but also the hope that in some small way it might bring a sense of happiness and wonderment to someone walking a lonely beach late on an autumn night and looking to the stars.

As my “About” explains:

Alien Shores …… here on earth, or scattered through the dusty lanes of the Sagitarrius Star Clouds, all present an opportunity to capture those sometimes pale and fleeting images that without us remain hidden to our eyes or vanish in an instant.

My modest “observatory” includes a Celestron CPC 9.25 XLT, a Canon EOS 7D with 24-105L f/4 & 70-200L f/2.8 lenses, SkySafari software connected by SkyWire to my iPad so that I can sit comfortably with a glass of Shiraz (not the morning sessions) and drive the scope around …. Each of the final images on my posts usually take about 30 mins to complete with say 50-60 frames @ 25 secs so there is time to dream.


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