Mick Laws' Photo Gallery


Aurorae Australia - 29 October, 2003 at 10:10pm near Windy Ridge, Southern NSW.
40 second exposure on Fuji 1600 press film using a 17mm lens (140 degree field of view) at f3.5.

Aurorae Australia - 29 October, 2003 at 10:10pm near Windy Ridge, Southern NSW.
40 second exposure on Fuji 1600 press film using a 17mm lens (140 degree field of view) at f3.5.

M 4
Taken from John Bennet's slightly light polluted backyard observatory in suburban North Albury.
The film used was Fuji 800 portrait; exposed for 10 minutes each.
Guiding was achieved by using a 60mm refractor with a 0-lux TV security camera and eyepiece projection piggybacked on a 6" f/8 refractor. By keeping the guide star centered within a small circle (actually a ring reinforcer) stuck onto a small TV monitor, reasonably accurate guiding can be done.

The Carbon Star (DY Crucis, ESB 365) near Mimosa (ßeta Crucis)
Taken from John Bennet's slightly light polluted backyard observatory in suburban North Albury.
The film used was Fuji 800 portrait; exposed for 10 minutes each.
Guiding was achieved by using a 60mm refractor with a 0-lux TV security camera and eyepiece projection piggybacked on a 6" f/8 refractor. By keeping the guide star centered within a small circle (actually a ring reinforcer) stuck onto a small TV monitor, reasonably accurate guiding can be done.

The Carbon Star: Close-Up (DY Crucis, ESB 365) near Mimosa (ßeta Crucis)
Taken with John Bennett's 6" f/8 refractor using Fuji 400 and a 15 minute exposure, guided in the same way as the other DY Crucis image (above).

Lunar Eclipse
The moon is just approaching 3rd contact on it's way back toward full illumination.
Taken on C-8 at f/6.3, Fuji 800 press film and 1/2 second exposure.

Saturn
Taken with John Bennett's 6" f/8 refractor, 2x barlow and a Philips webcam, manually exposed and slightly sharpened with Adobe Photoshop 5LE. I got lucky with the seeing I think.

Carina / Musca Region
Taken at SPSP 2000
I didn't intend doing any astrophotography at the Star Party so all I had with me was my 35mm SLR and 50mm f/1.2 lens. David Collis-Bird was doing some wide angle piggy back images with his Vixen GP-DX mount, so I hitched a ride too. The image shows the Carina region and many constellations to it's south including the "Dark Doo-Dad" near Musca. Is there a nova in this image?!? The 50mm lens was set at f/4 and the Fuji 400 film was exposed for around 40 minutes whilst we observed with the society's 17.5".