Karitane – Kavan Chay
One of my personal goals this year was to shoot more astrophotography locally, as I strongly believe that Otago/Southland has some of the best skies in the country. I’d found this particular spot online prior to finding it on a map and planning a Milky Way core shot, but had to wait for the right time.
All of my astrophotography has been with my 50mm lens for a while, which means that I’ve had to adopt a large format panoramic technique when shooting. Part of the challenge here is making sure that when I do this, I get the white balance, exposure and contrast consistent across all frames (as well as get enough frames).
It results in a nicer image, but a lot more work in processing, especially since I also use a heavy star reduction (personal preference).
However, I always keep the larger/brighter stars in my images. For this one, the stars Hadar and Rigil Kentaurus can be spotted at the top of the image (the brightest stars), whilst you can also see the likes of Antares in the Rho Ophiuchi region to the left side of the bright core region.
Nikon Z7, Nikkor Z 50mm f1.8S, Skywatcher Star Adventurer Pro
$350 (inc GST)