Geoff Scott

An early 1960's country-born Western Australian, Boyanup, who migrated to the city of Perth, the suburb of Bull Creek, with family during late secondary schooling, late 1970's, 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

NGC3199 - Gum 28 - RCW 48 - Diffuse 'Banana' Nebula in Carina

NGC3199 - Gum 28 - RCW 48 - Diffuse 'Banana' Nebula in Carina

Full Moon, some intermittent thin high cloud - testing StellarMate automation. Coma visible in TL,BL but little TR/BR implies skewed L-R focal plane.

DeepSkyStacker 4.2.6 Stacked 66% (45) of 68 Images Gain 100 @ 120 Sec, 35 DARK Gain 100 @ 60 Sec, 35 BIAS Gain 100 @ 1/1000 Sec, 19 FLATS GAIN 100 @ 1/2500 Sec, Post-processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2022 and Noise Ninja

Telescope - PowerNewt 200mm f/4 with 2" TeleVue 2X PowerMate for F=1600mm f/8.0, IDAS NB1 filter, QHY 268C CMOS camera field 34' x 51' , Ambient ~28C, Camera 0C.
StellarMate on RP-4B with Kstars/Ekos for EQMOD mount control, auto-focusing, plate solving and image acquisition. Mount - Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro. Guidescope - Orion ShortTube 80 with Starlight Xpress SuperStar (Mono) CCD Auto Guider and Ekos auto guiding software.

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