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Thanks for viewing my photos! Did you know you can view any of my images at at my website: www.stellaraustralis.com.
"Stellar Australis" showcases all my images, and includes my blog, tutorials, equipment, and more.  
If you like you can also follow me on:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/
- 500px: https://500px.com/housevrbasso77719s

Note that my website is still partly under construction, but the major galleries of photos are complete.

Kind Regards,
Will Vrbasso
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Google+ is going (apparently), and so I bid farewell. A heartfelt thanks to all those who followed me this past few years as I journeyed into the dark and lonely landscapes under night skies filled with wonder.

However, this does not need to be the end...you can still follow me on:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

Kind Regards, Will.
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"Carina Skies"

No, this scene is not taken during the day, but at night with the moon at 61% and high in the sky. The light of the Milkyway is significantly washed out and only the brightest sections can be still seen (without excessive processing). The silent pillars of the Pinnacles are illuminated under the ethereal light of the moon, and in the night sky even the glow from the moon cannot hide the might Carina Nebula that shines like a pink rose in the dark blue heavens above. Towards the bottom left is the Large Magellanic Cloud which is drowning in the brightness close to the southern horizon.

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 3x4 panel mosaic (but cropped signifantly from a large but uninspiring vertical pano). A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.5. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Details as follows:

| 2018-08-19 | Nambung National Park, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50 f1.2 lens | @f/3.5 | UV/IR cut-filter | ISO1600 | 30s | 12 x panels | Skywatcher StarAdventurer mount |

Enjoy,
Will Vrbasso.
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

#astrophotography #stars #nebula #magellanic #clouds #carina #Nambung #Park #milkyway #core #galaxy #widefield #photography #astronomy #stellaraustralis #vrbasso
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"The Sky Calls to Us"

In this scene the comet-like Antares / Rho Ophiuchi nebula and associated dark nebulosity appears to fall towards the solitary figure holding a light against the darkness. Upon the lonely rocky outcrop the figure beholds the magnificent Milkyway galaxy as it descends slowly into the west. The red "Cats Paw" and "Lobster" nebula can be seen clearly in the centre of this shot. This image was taken at Nambung National Park, Western Australia.

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 5 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/4.0. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Details as follows:

| 2018-08-19 | Nambung National Park, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 85 f1.2 lens | @f/4.0 | UV/IR cut-filter | ISO1600 | 30s | 5 x panels | Skywatcher StarAdventurer mount |

Enjoy,
Will Vrbasso.
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

#astrophotography #stars #nebula #catspaw #lobster #Nambung #Park #milkyway #core #galaxy #widefield #photography #astronomy #stellaraustralis #vrbasso
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"A Light for Leisha"

A cold night at the Nambung National Park, Western Australia - but it can be rewarding. This was at around 2am in the morning when the galactic core was descending fast towards the western horizon. The monolithic rocks "Pinnacles" stand silently as the night is temporarily thrown back by the blinding flash of light from my good friend Mike who treks into the vast landscape of sand and stone.

Regarding the title of this image, it is an obscure reference to a science fiction book "A Talent for War".

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 30 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Details as follows:

| 2018-08-19 | Nambung National Park, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50 f1.2 lens | @f/3.5 | UV/IR cut-filter | ISO1600 | 30s | 15 x panels | Skywatcher StarAdventurer mount |

Enjoy,
Will Vrbasso.
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

#astrophotography #stars #nebula #pinnacles #Nambung #Park #milkyway #core #galaxy #widefield #photography #astronomy #stellaraustralis #vrbasso
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"Antares Rising"

Lots of clouds and rain recently so managed to go back and do some processing of older photos. This image is taken from Lake Campion back in April 2018 and features a lone figure standing upon the empty salt lake staring up at the Antares / Rho Ophicuhi nebula as its rises above the horizon. The core of the galaxy is not yet visible, just starting to peak behind the skyglow of a nearby town.

I used an iOptron sky tracking mount to take this 1 x 4 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The iOptron tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Enjoy,
Will Vrbasso.
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2018-04-14 | Lake Brown / Campion, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 85mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 4 x panels |

#wisp #photography #myth #nightscape #astrophotography #Australia #Lake #Brown #Campion #milkyway #galaxy #Canon #stellaraustralis #Vrbasso
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"Tea at the Edge of the Galaxy"

On a ridge that skirts the western edge of Lake Campion, Western Australia - we stop at the end of our astrophotography session to have some tea and sit under the stars and watch the galaxy as it arches overhead.

I had left this image for a while since it was quite dark and I used no illumination to light up the foreground, meaning that when I processed it I'd find it difficult to get any detail without showing alot of noise. This is the best I could do. Also an admission, there is a small part of the left edge two thirds of the way up where I had to "patch-up" due to a slip in my iOptron sky tracker. Doesn't really have any affect on the image, but I detest altering images in any such way.

I used an iOptron sky tracking mount to take this 3 x 4 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The iOptron tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance and background neutralisation in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Enjoy,
Will Vrbasso.
If you like you can also follow me on:
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

| 2018-04-14 | Lake Brown / Campion, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 12 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #photography #Australia #Lake #Brown #Campion #milkyway #galaxy #Canon #stellaraustralis #Vrbasso
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Managed to get my photo on page 3 of today's Sunday Times newspaper, including a bit of a write up! A couple of more photos are on the online version of the article, here:

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/photography/perth-astrophotographer-will-vrbasso-reveals-his-secrets-behind-stunning-shots-ng-b88915894z
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"The Silent Sea"

This image was taken on 9th July 2018 looking north-east in Leeuwin, Western Australia. This lonely jetty reaches out across the water towards the Milkyway core rising over the sea.

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 18 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
- Web: www.stellaraustralis.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellaraustralis/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wvrbasso/

| 2018-07-09 | Jetty in Leeuwin, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | StarAdventurer mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 18 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #Australia #Leeuwin #jetty #seascape #galaxy #milkyway #Canon #stellaraustralis #Vrbasso
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