In this blog I hope to bring to you artistic and visually appealing astrophotography as well as astrophotography and knowledge that gives some insight to the finer details behind what you see in a beautiful photograph of the night sky.
Think back to when you first saw the night sky...
Let's go back to where Astro Photography Australia began, and the most recognisable stars of the southern night sky, the Southern Cross (constellation of Crux):
Many of us can remember as a child having experiences such as being driven home at night and seeing stars out the car window, or perhaps being out late at night at a family barbeque standing on a lawn with the stars overhead. For myself it is the Southern Cross and constellation of Orion that I remember the most. It was the Southern Cross which I first photographed as an astrophotographer.
Maybe you have a similar memory of the night sky from your childhood?
The Art: The above photograph of the Southern Cross is one of the very first I sold as a print. It has the sparkle and colour to the stars that you often see in the sky, and takes me back to the aesthetic appeal of the night sky.
The Science: It is only when I delved deeper in to astronomy and astrophotography that I learned the above photograph includes the star Alpha Crux which is actually a binary star system, the Coal Sack which is a dark nebula (cloud of interstellar gas and dust), the open cluster called the Jewel Box, and many previously hidden secrets waiting to be photographed.