A night out with some stars

by Tim Rogers September. 24, 2020 359 views

I really want to get good at astrophotography. But I also like sleeping. So I'm often caught in between the two. The sky continues to do amazing things when we are asleep so an ordinary photo at 7pm may be something incredible at 4am. Finding the right place with limited light pollution is easier in the Southern Hemispher but that doesn't make it easy. And no matter what they tell us, in some situations you are limited by your equipment. As much as it sounds like as excuse, a good lens can just do things that a poorer lens cannot. The margin for error is much tighter to go along with the other challenges. You can spend an hour taking a single photo and if you get it wrong it tends to be really really wrong.

So even though I can critique this photo for ages (and a really good photographer would be able to critique it for the rest of time), I was pretty happy it. The Magellanic Clouds are two of the very few galaxies we can see with the naked eye. Predominately seems from the southern hemisphere, it was pretty cool to stare across a very dry cold lake and see them both so clearly. I felt very very small yet incredibly lucky. The stars can do that to you. I am still learning about photography and I know my limitations are unlimited. I've so much to learn. I know these aren't great photos. Way too much noise and nowhere near sharp enough. Partially me, partially the gear. But when I look at them I also know that I don't care.

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Spaceman One-Seven 2 months ago

Well done! I'm in the US and try to photograph the milky way every once in a while. There is just something amazing about the night sky. Keep at it, thanks for showing me another part of the sky.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Spaceman One-Seven 2 months ago

You’re welcome. 😀

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Tsao T-F 2 months ago

So beautiful. After you published your article, I read Magellanic Clouds on Wikipedia. Although I am not in the southern hemisphere, I am glad you saw the amazing sky and shared it with us!star2

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Tim Rogers Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Hopefully I can get them even better one day

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Southbaytimes 2 months ago

Well I think these captures are AMAZING!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Southbaytimes 2 months ago

Thank you

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Nightscape and Astrophotography on my short list to pursue- seeing your images of the southern sky inspires me more! Ive been to NZ once and was awed by the night sky of the southern hemisphere- far more exciting than our northern night skies! Great captures!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

There’s still a lot of sky out there so it’s always an adventure

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Jay Boggess 2 months ago

WOWZERZ!! Awe inspiring! 

Great camera work!
Wonderful comentary!



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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Thanks mate. One day I’ll have the lens to really get it right

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Tim Rogers Replied to Tim Rogers 2 months ago

And the skills

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