ScottAstrophe Astrophotography

Geoff Scott

A country-born Western Australian, Boyanup, who migrated to the city of Perth, the suburb of Bull Creek, with family during late secondary schooling and has remained in the city ever since.

A life-long interest in Astronomy that initially peaked in the 6 or 7 years after moving to the city with Astronomical group membership, telescope acquisitions and attempts at 35mm film photography through and piggybacked on it.

A waning of involvement due to work and family commitments was renewed in 2008/9 with Perth Observatory volunteer work and the discovery of the photographic capabilities made possible by the march of computerisation.

The 'Chronology of Astronomy Galleries by Year' from 2010 document the progress of my renewal of interest in Astrophotography (AP), including the mistakes, as these have helped to seat home the recommendations found in countless books, web sites and forums on the AP topic. You will see not just the final best presented cropped images but the original images so you can see what comes out of the equipment configurations used, showing image scale and optical defects to whatever degree is present. Objects and equipment configurations and capabilities vary so much that I think this is of value to those looking for their own configurations.

I've also scanned negatives from my early days and found a few other Astronomy related photos from the intervening years and placed these in two earlier years galleries.

The 'Astronomical Galleries by Categories' contains many categorised views of the same content that appears in the 'Chronology of Astronomy Galleries by Year'.

In early November 2012 I established an AstroBin presence for my favourite shots at and was up to date with SmuMug from end of January 2013. SmugMug remains my chronicle for all shots good and bad as the learning continues.

A 'Recent Additions' Gallery contains the 100 most recent images in newest to oldest order and might be the best way to see what has been added since the last time you looked.

I occasionally enter images in competitions and there are a number of galleries that contain those also.

Some additional information about my Astronomy interest can be found in the Winter 2015 Perth Observatory Volunteer Group newsletter   

Finally, I have some non-astrophotography galleries at the bottom of the page, covering other personal photography interest and travel and some (locked) family and work related events. 

Recent Astrophotography Slideshow

NGC6164 and NGC6165 Planetary Nebulae in Norma - 14/2/2019 (Processed Stack)

NGC6164 and NGC6165 Planetary Nebulae in Norma - 14/2/2019 (Processed Stack)

Imaged at Perth Observatory using their 'RCOP' telescope'.

Overexposed resulting in Blooming of a bright star in the field.

My first colour image successfully processed from LRGB images on a CCD camera. (I have earlier data but not processed - as yet)

DeepSkyStacker 4.4.1 Stacked 75% (3) of 4 Images @ 60 Sec for Luminance and 120 Sec for each of RGB, Master DARK, BIAS and FLAT applied by SkyNet platform, Post-processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 to combine LRGB

Telescope - Celestron 14" f/11 with Optec 0.51x Focal Reducer to f/5.62 F=2000mm, SBIG Filter Wheel with Open, B, V, R, IR, SPEC100, Ha and OIII filters, SBIG STT-3200M CCD camera 2184x1472 6.8µ pixels with field 26' x 17' , Optec TCF-S Temperature Compensating Focuser with FocusMAX autofocus software, CCD at -20C. Maxim DL for Image acquisition. Mount - Paramount ME. Boltwood Cloud Sensor II. TheSky planetarium software.

WA Governor Visits Perth Observatory - 21/1/2019

WA Governor Visits Perth Observatory - 21/1/2019

WA Governor, Kim Beasley and family, Visits Perth Observatory - Medalians arrived with a letter of thanks after his visit.

Popular Images and Recent Additions

Submissions to Competitions

Chronology of Astronomical Galleries by Year

Astronomical Galleries by Categories

Non-astrophotography Images

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