Astrophotography: Samyang 35mm f/1.8 Tiny Prime

When it comes to camera gear, in my view the lighter and more compact the better. This is one of the main reasons I have never entirely jumped on the Full Frame bandwagon as I generally reserve the use of my Full Frame gear to astro related imaging and elect to go with a much more light, compact and discrete Micro Four Third setup for daytime shooting. These days there are some very small primes available for full frame, however generally not with what I’d consider a sufficiently wide aperture (f/2 or wider) required of untracked nightscape imaging. That was until recently when Samyang introduced their new line up of wide aperture f/1.8 Tiny Primes for the Sony E-Mount Full Frame. First came the 45mm and 75mm offerings, then the 35mm was released which I just had to have being one of my favourite focal lengths to shoot with.

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Geminids under a Bortle one sky

Has been too long since I spent any significant time under the stars, so when I saw that the peak of the Geminids meteor shower coincided with a day off I was pretty excited. I did a bunch of scouting and planning in the days leading up, ultimately choosing to head north for the dark skies as the Geminids radiant was forecast at just 22 degrees above the horizon at my location. It was so good getting under some really seriously dark skies and an amazing experience to see this cosmic fireworks in display. I initially thought I might get some sleep, but nope, they meteors were firing almost all night and had me completely captured.

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.