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Starry, Starry, Night

I’ve been going bush and camping in the High Country, for over 40 years and nothing impresses me more than a clear night sky that’s not affected by light pollution from urban areas. In 2009, it was reported that one-fifth of the world’s population can no longer see the Milky Way due to light pollution, which is incredibly sad if true. Fortunately, we are a little luckier and my ultimate experience happened once in the far outback where, under a full moon and blazing stars, it was possible to read a book without any supplementary lighting. Mind you, my eyesight was a lot better in those days. That said, for some reason, I’ve never given any consideration to taking photographs of the night sky until recently. My first attempts earlier this year, while camping on the Nunniong Plains was far from impressive, but it gave me the impetus to keep going, as well as practice post-processing of night sky images.

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