Trip report for recent astrophotography expedition to Lake Dumbleyung in Western Australia.
While it’s easy to plan for the milky way positioning in respect to the landscape and other celestial objects, other local conditions and weather conditions remain a challenge. In this particular instance the weather forecast kept changing rapidly – even materially changing several times on the day itself. There was also an aurora alert for around 2-3am in the morning which sounded great (but didn’t occur till after sunrise).
The image is a 59 image panorama in 3 levels. The left side of the panorama is lit by the moon and the right side is effectively silhouetted by the moon. The fish eye effect is created by the way the panorama is stitched together. Due to the closeness of the foreground interest, I’ve kept the tripod fairly low (around 1m) and used an nodal rail on the ball head. This is important for the stitching to minimise parallax issues. Due to the smoke and fires – I’ve kept the image fairly warm. Mars is next to the milkyway core.