Night 2018 - IMG_8147
"From the Shore to Orion"
Its been a while, but finally I've made it back out under the night sky! This time to Lake Clifton, Western Australia, a popular spot for astrophotographers but somewhat cursed in that it sometimes gets a light fog during the night. Here over the tranquil lake the spectacular Orion constellation slowly descends towards the horizon that still glows from the sunset. The red arc of Barnard's Loop wraps around the Orion and Horsehead nebula, whilst the Rosette nebula shines brightly to the right.
This was a 5 x 5 panel mosaic through a 50mm lens using a modified Canon EOS6D. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels. A tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour calibration in PixInsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.
| 2018-04-06 | Lake Clifton, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO1600 | 60sec | 25 x panels |