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Phil Hart
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Under the Stars
Under the Stars

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ok interwebs.. time to share some positive news for a change..

I'm looking for Team Leaders to join me as the new Manager of Network Field Services (aka Operations & Maintenance) at Central Highlands Water in Ballarat. The ad for Civil Maintenance Team Leaders is below. Pending endorsement from my team, a new Mechanical & Electrical Team Leader position should also be advertised next Friday. I'm looking for people skills first technical skills second but both would be great! Share to help spread the word :-)


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My first look at Comet 252P Linear at 6am this morning, with the nearly Full Moon setting and twilight starting. Canon 6D, Samyang 35mm lens f2.8, 2 mins, ISO800. And a little StarSpikes Photoshop help.
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Our Christmas update.. on 31st January.


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A simple and fairly lazy effort at the conjunction last week :-). Brightest object is the Moon, to the left is Venus, then much fainter Mars with Jupiter in the centre. Before I went to bed, I setup a camera with a timer remote to start taking exposures from before twilight started using auto exposure and two stop bracketing. Here's a shot from the sequence as the morning twilight colours blended nicely with the planets before the sky got too bright. Canon 6D, 50mm lens, 8 sec, f1.4, ISO 200.

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The bright planets Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction in the morning sky all this week and the Moon swings by in early November. Read more in my October Night Sky Photography Newsletter.

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What the Aurora Really Looks Like - Inspired by the Danish Painter Harald Moltke and featured on Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog.

All footage is being played back in real-time (so you need to be patient) with muted colours to match the visual appearance. Stick around for the second half - the closest I can get to putting you underneath an aurora storm.

More info on my blog: http://philhart.com/what-the-aurora-really-looks-like

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My image of the October 2014 Lunar Eclipse got a Highly Commended in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards. Sweet! :-)

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My first Aurora Australis from home - Mount Glasgow last night! Only my second capture of the southern lights and this beats the pants off my first feeble attempt. Too bad I wasn't watching! Canon 6D, Samyang 35mm lens, 10 secs, f2, ISO3200.

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August is Milky Way Month plus the Perseid Meteors are on show! See the Newsletter for details.

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The cream of crop. Cop this video for some inspiration - The World at Night's 2015 Photo Contest. Keep a close eye for one of mine in the special mentions.. Enjoy!
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