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Chris Picking This website contains a selection of my images most of which fall into the category of astrophotography. Photographing the night sky is an interesting and challenging pastime requiring both a knowledge of the night sky and mastering the techniques to take the pictures. I have divided the pictures into various categories below or use the Search page to locate an item.

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.: southern sky

Southern Night Sky I live in New Zealand at latitude 41 degrees south. This allows me to photograph all of the spectacular objects visible in southern hemisphere skies. Objects such as the Large & Small Magellanic Clouds, Eta Carina nebula and globular cluster Omega Centauri to name a few.


.: constellations

Constellations Many people are familiar with the brighter well known constellations of the Zodiac, there are of course many more to seen in night sky. You may notice some of the images appear upside down but this how I see them from the southern hemisphere.

.: milky way

milky way On southern hemisphere winter nights the milky way is a truly spectacular sight. From my location it stretches horizon to horizon, the dense starry area of Scorpius and Sagittarius passing directly overhead. I never tire of taking pictures of this part of the sky.


.: moon

moon The Moon is seen by everyone and can be a beautiful sight as it rises or sets in sky. It can light the landscape in an eerie light and sometimes glow orange during a lunar eclipse. It's changing phases mark the passage of time.

.: comets

view comet and asteroid images Comets and asteroids are always in the night sky however they are usually very faint objects. Occasionally we are lucky and they become bright enough to see with the unaided eye or binoculars, here are some I've managed to photograph.


.: aurora australis

view aurora australis images You may have heard of the northern lights or aurora borealis but there are also the southern lights called aurora australis. From my location at 41 degrees south I can observe and photograph some of the auroral activity.

.: earth

earth There many types of atmospheric effects that can be observed and photographed. Rainbows, sun dog, lunar rainbows, sunsets, clouds and weather in general. Here are some of the more interesting ones I've captured.


.: Stonehenge Aotearoa

stonehenge aotearoa For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built in Aotearoa (New Zealand)

.: star trails

earth Star Trails can be considered the starting point for beginner astrophotographers. They can be quite simple but produce beautiful results showing the earth really is spinning.


.: my observatory

my observatory I decided to build my own small observatory to house my telescope and camera equipment. This means I can just roll off the roof and get going. This is a record of the construction process which maybe helpful if you are considering building one yourself.

.: thank you!

Thank you for your interest. I hope you enyoyed my images, if you have any questions or comments please contact me.


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