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  • From the photos you definitely enjoyed the evening, and by taking and sharing the photos, I was able to share your time. Thanks

    The picture of the moon watching over you is my favorite with the color contrast of the sky against the new moon.

    I have no idea how you did it, but the panorama shots are excellent.

    March 04, 2009
  • Looks like an incredible experience! Those photos are WOW!

    March 04, 2009
  • Absolutely awesome! I have been following your blog for a while, but these photos just take the cake. Thank you so much for sharing.

    March 05, 2009
  • Neil, I’d like to know more info, like the filters you used, etc.

    Does the place gotta be very dark? I’m in Malaysia, and the places around me, they’re kinda bright at night. Whats your advise?

    March 06, 2009
  • […] Shoot the stars! Take your camera and a tripod away from the city, under some darker skies and point the camera up. A moonless night is best. Use the self-timer or a remote shutter release to minimise camera shake. Set the shutter to 30sec and shoot the stars. Focus can be a challenge, so try auto focusing on a bright star, or use live view zoom to focus if you have it. Here are some of my recent astrophotos. […]

    March 06, 2009
  • […] Shoot the stars! Take your camera and a tripod away from the city, under some darker skies and point the camera up. A moonless night is best. Use the self-timer or a remote shutter release to minimise camera shake. Set the shutter to 30sec and shoot the stars. Focus can be a challenge, so try auto focusing on a bright star, or use live view zoom to focus if you have it. Here are some of my recent astrophotos. […]

    March 06, 2009
  • Tracey

    God’s creation is marvelous!

    March 06, 2009
  • I don’t really want to politicise the comments but I want to quote the wonderful, late, Douglas Adams: “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! :)

    @Felix I didn’t use any filters on the camera. I did do some fairly significan post-processing on most of the images, mostly to reduce noise, increase brightness and contrast, and up the saturation. A dark sky is absolutely essential for good night sky photos. A light polluted sky will outshine most stars and will completely overwhelm them in the exposure. Get as far away from city lights as possible. I was two hours drive from melbourne, and North of asmall mountain range.

    I’ll write more about astrophotography in the future. It’s pretty accessible. All you really need is a tripod, a camera with manual controls, and a fast lens.

    March 06, 2009
  • Phil just posted his own blog entry on the evening. Go check it out and see how a REAL astrophotographer shoots a comet – his photo is *gorgeous*: http://www.philhart.com/node/127

    March 06, 2009
  • Neil,

    Thanks! I’ve subscribed to your feeds!

    March 17, 2009
  • deshpande

    amazing pictures. can you please elaborate more about stacking of exposures ???

    April 24, 2009

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