Chasing the New Moon
a trip west to avoid light pollution
In September the New Moon occurred during the second week of the month. This is when there is no moon in the night sky, and so the stars appear in all their glory. It is also when it is most crucial to escape the light pollution of the cities and major towns. One of my favourite places to go is Mt Slocombe.
The biggest challenge is the distance - it is a thirteen hour drive from Brisbane, where I live. Thirteen long hours.
The payoff is almost zero light pollution. The lights of Yaraka, population 13, are visible 5 kilometres to the south-east. Unfortunately, there are a few flight paths that pass overhead.
For the moment I have the following images taken in the morning just after sunrise.
Morning light at Mt Slocombe
An unfinished project
Sadly it was way too windy to use the drone to capture some footage and images.
I also want to head out earlier in the Milky Way season to capture an all night, motion-controlled time lapse sequence. That is one of my personal challenges.
Below are some of the other images I captured on this trip 'Out West'.