A major contributing factor to pursuing photography was the ability to photograph the nights sky in such detail the human eye could only dream of seeing. It's incredible that two years ago I understood so little about how the stars and solar systems work and revolve around each other, I used to think the Aurora Australis and Borealis were nothing more than a myth with some creative photoshop guru's feeding the lie. Now I know about how the Milky Way moves across the night sky through the colder months of the year and how much moonlight effects the clarity of the stars. I know how to predict the Southern Lights now, I can look at the read outs indicating the magnitude of activity, take into account the moon light and accurately predict what the aurora will look like.
All to snap a photograph, I don't think people realise how much work goes into shooting a long exposure of the night sky, its not as easy and turning your camera on and opening your shutter for thirty seconds, thats just one of the many things I've learnt on my pursuit to capture our incredibly clear New Zealand nights sky.
Astro Set Up
Apart from dabbling with a few 24 and 35mm prime lenses the 99% of my astro photographs have been taking with my Canon 6D and Canon 16-35 f/2.8
My astro photographs tend to take a lot longer to edit as I tend to stack a minimum of 15 images in a pursuit for the cleanest image possible..