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Solar Cauldron

We had nice sky conditions in Perth the other night, so I decided to try a deep telescopic shot of the sun setting over Rottnest island lighthouse. Wind was my enemy, so I used the local rugby tavern as a shield. Taken through my C8 telescope @ 2000 mm, 16 fps, Canon 5D2, Magic Lantern raw video firmware @ 3x crop.

Towards the end the sun spun off 3 green (and a hint of blue) flashes. The lighthouse is 23 km away.

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Saturn Moon Occultation

We were fortunate to see the Moon cover Saturn right on dawn this morning in Western Australia. Not often do you get the chance to image a planet in daylight.

Video was shot with a 5D2 running Magic Lantern raw video firmware.

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+Philip Plait , I sent you an email on this in case you are interested :)
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Treasure Island

For the 2nd night in January I witnessed an intense display of airglow. This time further north around 29 degrees S, Western Australia. I could see the brighter striations quite easily naked eye.

Western Australia, Jan 29 2014, Canon 6D, 14mm.
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A nice angle you got!
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Albany Aurora & Airglow

I was out chasing aurora new years night. From Western Australia they are quite rare, so when clear skies are forecast and solar wind conditions are right it's worth the 5 hour drive south. The aurora turned up! :) And as a nice bonus a mass of very bright and structured airglow drifted in. I think this is the densest airglow I have ever captured.

Albany, Western Australia, 18:50 UT Jan 1 2014
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Breathtaking, thank you for sharing and resharing +Colin Legg and +Stefan Brenner ☺ !
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South West Geminid & Nova Centauri

December 13-14 marks the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Best viewing time in the southern hemisphere is between midnight and dawn. This years peak coincides with a near full moon. Normally that is a downer for meteor viewing. However, Geminids often contain fireballs and they are often bright enough to shine through, moon or not. Last night I captured a fireball while the moon was still quite high, around 11 minutes after midnight.

Also visible to the naked eye in full moonlight is Nova Centauri. A new star that appeared only a week or so ago, it now shines at mag 3.7 and is located directly left of the top pointer (Beta Centauri) in the image attached. The nova is the due to a massive nuclear explosion on a white dwarf star.

SW Western Australia, 00:11 WST 14-Dec-2013
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Mandalay Dream

It's quite rare to get a nice aurora from Western Australia. My last good one was almost a year ago and I've chased almost a dozen other possible events since, mostly coming up empty handed. Feb 27th/28th was lucky. I was down south on other projects. I knew there was a remote chance of something that night, but didn't expect anything so went off the grid. Luckily I made a last minute decision to deploy a south facing camera and a very nice aurora hit around 3 am. 

Mandalay Beach, Western Australia, 3:05 am, 28-Feb-2014, WST, 35 S
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Fascinating!
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Impact

A couple of minutes before the storm hit. I was a sitting duck for lightning out on the lake bed... luckily it came later.

Southern Cross, Western Australia, 31-Jan-2014
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Awesome Foursome

Determined not to miss the beautiful collection of moon, planets and stars, I did a quick trip north to find a 2 hour window of clarity. Was worth it!  

Surrounding the Moon are Saturn above, Venus below and the bright star Spica below Venus.

Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia, Sep 9 2013
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Thanks Marc. No, limestone.
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Eta Aquarids - Pilbara WA

Finally got around to making a composite of the meteors I captured during my Pilbara trip in May. 50 image composite containing 26 meteors, meteor train, 17% moon, zodiacal light, pilbara desert. The location is currently getting hammered by a cat 3 cyclone!

South of Newman, Western Australia, May 6 2013

Happy new year to all G+ers. :)
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Pathway to Venus

Once every 8 years or so Venus wanders into the central Milky Way creating sight with both setting together in west. When I realized this was happening awhile ago I immediately had this place in mind from which to shoot it. 

Sugarloaf Rock, Western Australia, October 2013
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Fantastic Image +Colin Legg Im Impressed!
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