Astrophotography from Myall Lakes

After playing around with all the levels with the other pictures I took at the weekend, I’ve decided to create an entire new section of g2007 as this could turn into a new hobby of mine!

I played around with the levels and curves from some Astrophotography guides I found on the internet so here is the shot I put on the Myall Lakes entry with some modification –

This next one is a shot through the trees of the sky –

And the final one I’ve highlighted the Southern Cross, which is the stars you see on the Australian flag. You can see the blurring motion of this one appears to go around in a circular motion, not sure if that was just fluke because of me moving the camera slightly or if its the rotation of the earth –

I worked this out using the excellent free application ‘Stellarium‘ which I matched up with the image (by reducing the constrast to find the constellations). From this it is possible to work out what all the bright parts of the milky way are –

In the first image the bright white dot I believe is Ptolemys Cluster!!