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Minimalist Milky Way

Combining two of my favourite things in nature - our Galaxy and the Ocean. No other visual distractions...
July 2015.

The World at Night - TWAN

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What can be better than finding a nice gap in the tree tops point the camera up, kick back and enjoy the views?
I hope you enjoy this brief time lapse of our Galaxy in motion framed by the Gum trees of the southern New South Wales coast 😉

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Pleiades, Venus and Orion above the Pacific.
It was really great to see these jewels in the sky and and reflected in the wet sand just before the morning twilight. Yuri Beletsky was behind the rocks a few hundred metres away 😁

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Through the Gum Trees

Milky Way centre and Scorpius constellation are nicely framed by the eucalyptus tree tops.It surely felt great to look up and soak in the view!

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Winter Milky Way above the Pacific Ocean. The calmness of the still new Moon night is interrupted by an occasional powerful surf and what can be better than shooting nightscapes with Yuri Beletsky on the Southern New South Wales coast in Australia. Hope you enjoy the view 🙂

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Our galaxy makes a rather enjoyable backdrop under the nice dark skies above Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

I quite like the new Samyang 14mm f/2.4 lens for nightscapes.

June 26, 2017

The World at Night - TWAN

Samyang Lens Global
Samyang Optics Australia
Samyang New Zealand

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A Night at the Grotto

Weather is magically peaceful and the stars shimmer above and below - reflected in the rock pools. The limestone stacks come to life under the first rays of the crescent Moon, rising in the East. The smartphone screen at the dimmest setting, gently lights up the grotto walls and cameras click away.

I wish more nights were like that...

The World at Night - TWAN
with Yuichi Takasaka

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Planets in the Moonlight

As nearly full Moon rose above the Eastern horizon, for a fleeting moment it painted the skies blue and the peaks of Mount Treble Cone red. Mars poses as an eye of a Kiwi bird traced by the dark and bright parts of the Milky Way and Saturn is below - right of the bright orange star in the heart of Scorpius.

It was a truly magical moment I experienced in September 2016 near Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

It makes a nice phone background too 🙂

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Dark Nights

The 4-minute short film takes you from brightly lit Melbourne, where only the Moon can outshine the light pollution, to the dark skies filled with thousands of stars and dancing Southern Lights above the Southern Ocean and lakes in Victoria.

The film was shown during 2017 White Night Melbourne festival. Music: Vacuum Fields (Aquascape)

Southern Cross, Scorpius, Saturn, Mars and the Milky Way above Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Just stumbled across this image in the "to be processed" pile. Taken September 2016.

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London Bridge Aurora

Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) from the London Bridge Lookout at the Great Ocean Road with the Magellanic Clouds and Orion.
May 20, 2017

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If you are attending Melbourne White Night Festival tonight (Feb 18th, 7pm-7am), you might see my 4-minute time-lapse on a street screen truck at the intersections of La Trobe & Russell, Lonsdale & Swanston and Bourke & Swanston streets.

The video takes you from brightly lit Melbourne CBD, where only the Moon can outshine the light pollution to the dark skies filled with thousands of stars and dancing Southern Lights above the Southern Ocean and lakes in Victoria.
#WHITENIGHTMELB

White Night Melbourne - Dark Nights

If you are attending Melbourne White Night Festival tonight (Feb 18th, 7pm-7am), you might see my 4-minute time-lapse on a street screen truck at the intersections of La Trobe & Russell, Lonsdale & Swanston and Bourke & Swanston streets.

The video takes viewers from brightly lit Melbourne CBD, where only the Moon can outshine the light pollution to the dark skies filled with thousands of stars and dancing Southern Lights above the Southern Ocean and lakes in Victoria.

#WHITENIGHTMELB

Supersized Supermoon

Luckily clouds parted for a little while and the larger than usual Moon showed up for just enough time to snap this image through my telescope.

The Moon today is at it's closest distance to Earth since 1948.

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Treble Cone Reflections

The Milky Way Galaxy stretches above Mount Treble Cone gently illuminated by the rising Moon.

Glendhu Bay, Suth Island, New Zealand

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Mars in the eye of the Kiwi Bird

Mars is nicely positioned in the eye of the Kiwi in The Sky (see http://tinyurl.com/kiwisky to make it easier to spot). And there is no better place to observe from than New Zealand!

As the twilight ended, near full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, shining at the snowy peak with nice red hues. The magic light only lasted about five minutes and we were exceptionally lucky to see it!

Treble Cone, South Island, New Zealand

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Total Solar Eclipse from 2012
North Queensland, Australia

This time-lapse brings back fond memories of one of the most magical experiences in my life. Everyone should see at least one total solar eclipse in person!
The next eclipse goes across the US on August 21st, 2017.

Epic sky. Lake Tekapo
I thought I'd do something different and make a time-lapse optimized for viewing on social media platforms.
Hopefully you'll enjoy the night scenery of Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, South Island, New Zealand!

Music: Born Into It, Redmann (Toucan Music)

Jupiter and Venus on a date, watched by Mercury

The clouds were threatening to spoil the party all day today but a small gap appeared just in time to snap this image in the evening twilight.

It was spectacular to see the three planets (mercury in the top left corner, Venus in the middle with Jupiter below). The glow is highlighted by thin cirrus clouds.

Go out and see it if you can.

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Twilight Planets with Reflections

Mercury (top), Jupiter (middle) and Venus (bottom) looked great last night in the evening twilight sky and the reflections were just icing on the cake.

August 24th, 2016, North-West Victoria, Australia

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