I went on a jaunt westwards from Wānaka to a wee township called Clyde, in Central Otago. My plan had been to do some astrophotography at the Clyde Dam. That didn't go too well originally as the Milky Way was not where I thought it was going to be, the front of the dam was extremely lit up at night (killing any chance of doing Astro stuff with it) and there was no way to get … [Read more...] about Clyde Dam Astrophotography
With the greatest of intent, I set off up North again to do some astrophotography and capture Mt Cook / Aoraki in all it's glory. I left Wānaka and was shortly into glorious sunshine, all was glorious & good. Over the Lindis Pass and while there was some snow about, it was all still looking good. Approaching Omarama I noticed some fog in the distance and pulled over … [Read more...] about A Frozen Adventure
Oh goodness, the balloon has gone up... I've decided to depart in about 12 hours North-wards. 2-3 hours driving in that direction is going to take me to the shores of Lake Pukaki with views of Aoraki / Mt Cook (13,000'). And on to Lake Tekapo with its Night Sky Reserve and centre of the Milky Way up for viewing (with the moon setting increasingly later each day this … [Read more...] about BLOG: Launch Battleships!
The sun came out finally today for a few hours, I blasted over to Glenorchy - at the Northern end of the lake that Queenstown is on (Lake Wakatipu). South Island, NZ. Looking down Lake Wakatipu towards the small township of Glenorchy Two of the mountains near Glenorchy nestled into the and so begins the Southern Alps, New Zealand. … [Read more...] about BLOG: ‘To Glenorchy’ he cried!
I went out for my first Astrophotography session on the night of Friday, 12 May 2023. The moon was not rising until 11:30 pm with clear skies so I had a chance to get out try some photos. In the transition and using a new reduced setup, I forgot to include my head torch in my bag so had to repeatedly turn on the flashlight in my iPhone to check camera settings, lens focus … [Read more...] about BLOG: Astrophotography in the South Island, NZ (1st session)