Lunar Illumination

Recently spent some time in Beechworth in North Western Victoria following the lifting of our second COVID-19 induced lock down. Not an ideal time of the lunar cycle for Milky Way photography with the moon at its brightest, however having so few opportunities to get out this year and being in a new place, I made the most of it anyway. Probably worked out for the best anyway as the illumination provided by the near full moon meant navigating my way around unfamiliar ground much easier. Would love to get back during a new moon during Milky Way season, some really spectacular foreground compositions to be found in this region.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Vs Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G

Had opportunity a few months ago to get out under a new moon and give my new Sony 20mm f/1.8 prime lens a test and see how it stacked up against the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 which I had been using for quite a while. Both are awesome lenses with the Sigma is also noticeably brighter, however it has its faults. And that is heavy coma up in the corners which unfortunately do not clear up a great deal as you stop down the lens. It is this fault that had me very interested in the Sony 20mm option from the moment it was announced and in this video we take a bit of a look at how they compare. Finishing off the video is a time lapse taken over several hours using these two lenses on my A7S and A7R.

Halo

Recently I was lucky enough to witness one of the strongest lunar halos I can ever remember seeing. Caused by refracted moonlight off the ice crystals which make up the cirro-stratus clouds way up in the atmosphere, this massive ring of light dominated the night sky. Made all the more impressive with Jupiter and Saturn making an appearance too, was truly amazing to watch.