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Last one of Gilderton Lighthouse, Western Australia. This was early on in the night, with the shot looking southward and the Milkyway just tipping over and beginning its descent to the western horizon.

This is a 4 x 9 panel mosiac, with a tracking mount for the sky and turned off for the foreground, all camera settings were kept the same for all panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour calibration with Pixinsight, levels, saturation and contrast in Photoshop.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-08-24 | Gilderton Lighthouse, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 85mm | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 57sec | 36 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #Gilderton #lighthouse #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy #Antares
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"Guarding a Reef of Stars"

The Milkyway Core is descending over Gilderton Lighthouse, Western Australia. Rather than a sweeping pano, I used a longer focal length 85mm and a vantage point more distant to the subject in order to create a more 'dramatic' affect of a small lighthouse against the large backdrop of the core. Antares and Rho Ophicuhi can be seen just to the left of the lighthouse, and to the right a cloud front is approaching (which unfortunately cut my session short - I was hoping to get the galaxy when it was lower to the horizon).

This is a 2 x 8 panel mosiac, with a tracking mount for the sky and turned off for the foreground, all camera settings were kept the same for all panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour calibration with Pixinsight, levels, saturation and contrast in Photoshop.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-08-24 | Gilderton Lighthouse, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 85mm | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 57sec | 8 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #Gilderton #lighthouse #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy #Antares
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"Lighthouse of Infinity"

After a two months photographic drought, the skies cleared last Wednesday long enough from me to spend some time at Gilderton, Western Australia to image the dark skies over their fantastic lighthouse. A favourite of local astrophotographers, Gilderton Lighthouse is also great as its only an hour north of where I live - can't believe its taken me this long to get around it.

Whilst I took a number of photos at different vantage points and lenses (which I'll get round to processing later), you really can't go past the "sweeping arch pano" for this nightscape subject. However, I thought I'd be a bit different and use my super sharp 50mm lens rather than a proper wide angle. As it turned out, my rusty skills turned this into a bit of a challenge (detailed in my 'excuses' ramble later on in this post). So the details...this is a mosaic of 7 x 7 panels taken with a Canon EOS6D (modified) on an iOptron tracking mount. Foreground shots were taken with the tracking mount off, but otherwise same camera and lens settings. RAW images were process in Adobe Raw then mashed together with PTGui Pro. Colour calibration and stretching was done in Pixinsight (this software is more optimised for deep sky, but its colour cablibration is unbeatable), then post processed in Photoshop where levels, contrast, brightness, and saturation were tweaked. Then the whole image reduced as it was 29,000 pixels to one side.

So the challenges and lessons learned...recovering from a cold I was coughing alot, then I pinched my back so every time I coughed my back spasmed in pain, not conducive to my patience. Said back pain also made it 'fun' carrying equipment and bags around in the dark. Knowing in advance that I'd be taking heaps of photos manually (the iOptron is only a simple tracker) I opted to do as small an overlap as possible of around 10-20%, but then towards the end of the mosaic I was worried I might've misaligned some so I went back and did more photos to ensure coverage. My iOptron batteries ran low, but it doesn't tell you - so what it does is gradually blurs more and more the photos as you go along until you finally notice. Once I noticed I replaced the batteries and went back and re-did about five shots. Later on the friction locks slipped - had to redo another two photos. Then I realised that the lighthouse isn't quite in the centre of the arch (stuff it, I've had enough, I'm not going back to redo it). And then in processing I noticed the lighthouse overlaps with the 'kobold' nebula, the faint red behind the lighthouse, so now makes it look like its a glow from the lighthouse not the background sky.

Well, it polished up ok in the end. I'll remember this photo for its challenges rather than the finished product...but i guess every photographer has days (or nights) like this.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-08-24 | Gilderton Lighthouse, Western Australia | EOS6D FS mod | 50mm |f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 57sec | 49+ x panels |

#Gilderton #lighthouse #landscape #canon #nightscape #astrophotography #milkyway #galaxy #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #australia
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"The Visit"

In the woods of Gingin under the Milkyway Galaxy rising high above the trees, a Will'O'Wisp floats towards me, wondering what the heck I'm doing out in the middle of nowhere at night. Or it could be a strategically placed remote flash, depending upon which you believe.

This was the only nightscape shot I did in these woods, as alot of the trees are closely packed and I needed to find a gap so that I could still catch the Milkyway core. The flash was used to light up the trees a bit, as well acting as a Will'O'Wisp.

This is a stitch of 12 images through an Canon 50mm lens.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-06-17 | Gingin Reserve, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 50mm | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 12 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #gingin #landscape #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy #wisp
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My first attempt at a timelapse of the milkyway galaxy, from the woods of Gingin, Western Australia.
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"Core Horizon"

With the core rising before the night sky has fully darkened, and ghastly cyan lights producing glare over the horizon to the right, this image of the Milkyway rising over the Gingin horizon, Western Australia, was always going to take a bit of effort to produce anything presentable. In the end, it looks a bit over processed - but the original shots were very washed out with skyglow and light pollution so I'm glad I got some result.

However, I love taking more dramatic close-ups of the Milkyway - this one being a stitch of 15 images through an Canon 85mm lens.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-06-17 | Gingin Reserve, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 85mm |f/4.0 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO1600 | 30sec | 15 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #gingin #landscape #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy
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"The Lonely Trails of Gingin"

Last weekend was my last chance of imaging the Milkyway Core rising (as its getting towards twilight now). Here on a lonely trail in the middle of Gingin's forest reserve in Western Australia, I took the opportunity of a nice alignment between the core and the road to take this mosaic image of 15 shots through a 50mm lens.

Whilst Gingin has some dark skies above it (I used to take my telescope out there for deep sky imaging), the horizon is dotted with glaring over the horizon lights - hence the cyan glow bottom right, and some weird colouring to the left. However, there is just enough darkness to be able to bring out the "Kobold" (faint red sploge top right) and colours of the various nebula's against the skyglow.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

|2017-06-17|Gingin Reserve, Western Australia|EOS6D modified|50mm|f/3.2|UV/IR cut-filter|iOptron mount|ISO3200|60sec|15 x panels|

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #gingin #landscape #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy #road
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"Core Rising over Wongan Hills" by Will Vrbasso (www.stellaraustralis.com)

Wongan Hills is located in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia and around 2 hours drive from Perth. I took this image from the local look-out situated on the hills not too far from the main town (which is the bright glow centre right in image on the horizon). The town, not suprisingly, is called Wongan Hills. There was a little bit of smoke / smog from nearby fires that can be seen on the horizon, causing some of the orange glow.

I had originially came to this area to take photos around Lake Ninan. However, exploring the area I was somewhat disappointed that the water had receded very far, and I couldn't find a composition that took my fancy, apart from a general uninspiring panorama of a partly dry lake which I've done many times before. So in the end I decided to go to the look-out and take one from there then head home. Well, you can't have great nights every night.

Enjoy, Will.

|2017-05-27|Wongan Hills, Western Australia|EOS6D modified|50mm|f/4.0|UV/IR cut-filter|iOptron mount|ISO3200|60sec|15 x panels|

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #wongan #landscape #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy
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