Courthouse Star Trail.

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Or should it be a star trial?

A compilation of 400 images taken over 140 mins and combined in StarStax.

The time-lapse movie that I created using the same images highlighted the cloud that passed across the scene during the capture. I was surprised that it did not have more of an effect upon the star trail image.

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Comments (18)

Guizel J.c on July 8, 2013

Fantastic capture



spencer baugh on July 10, 2013

Excellent work!

John Goodwin. on July 10, 2013

Great shot Steve there's too much cloud here to try this, anyway I would not have the patience :) Well done. Cheers, John.

SteveW on July 11, 2013

Hi guizel, Spence & John,

Thanks a lot for the generous comments guys. I thought that the weather had cleared up over there John!!

Cheers.... Steve

GasGasL€X on July 15, 2013

Hey Steve, I took a couple of celestial shots last night and they turned out crap!!, so its fabulous to see how its done properly... Love this image! Regards from the south...Lex

SteveW on July 15, 2013

G'day Lex, I was down in Pemberton last weekend and somehow found myself on the banks of 'Big Brook' dam at 3.30am on Sunday morning. It was so cold the brass monkeys had all left! The Nikon's had frost on them and the lenses kept steaming up..... you don't get those sort of problems in the Pilbara :) I wasn't overly pleased with the images either to be honest, I certainly didn't get the star definition I was expecting, mind you, it was quite misty. Thanks for the great rap mate..... you're making my head swell :) Cheers..... Steve

GasGasL€X on July 15, 2013

No probs, envy spurs me on to experimenting more... :-)

Cindy Breen on July 17, 2013

Well done Steve

Sorry your pictures down the South did not turn out was looking forward to seeing them...



SteveW on July 19, 2013

Thanks Marion,

I got some reasonable shots in Pemberton, just not as good as I had hoped for that's all. I will be posting some of them soon :)

Cheers..... Steve

Andrew Aldred on July 22, 2013

Very cool Steve, LIKE !!! :)

SteveW on July 22, 2013

Good to hear from you Drew, glad you liked the image mate :)

Cheers..... Steve

Alireza Javaheri on August 7, 2013
  • Very beautiful picture & Excellent photography - LIKE - Greetings , A-J
Steve Lewis on August 21, 2013

Fantastic shot, LIKE ,steve

SteveW on August 23, 2013

Hi Alireza & Steve,

Many thanks guys for your very generous comments.

I enjoy producing these star-trail composites as they add a bit of variety to the gallery.

Cheers to you both :)


Roger Powell on April 28, 2014

I don't think I have seen a better star trail image than that. Put's my humble efforts to shame. A great choice of foreground, too!
Do you use a dew management system for long exposure shots like this or is the humidity low enough not to require it?
Cheers and regards from NSW...
: ) )

SteveW on April 28, 2014

Wow.... that's a big-wrap Roger..... I'm flattered and you're way too kind.

I generally don't use really long exposures for my star-trails but prefer to stack the images in 'Photoshop' or 'StarStaX'. This image was compiled using around 400 separate 25 second exposures, taken over a two hour period and then blended.

You can't really use long exposure NR when doing it this way though because you end up with dotted lines. I generally apply the NR during post processing.

Dew management :) Funny you should say that!! I do use elasticated shower caps on those dewy nights..... for the camera, not for me :)

Cheers.... Steve

Roger Powell on April 28, 2014

Steve. As an amateur astronomer I use dew heaters for the telescope and some attachments. I have found that they work very well on the camera lens too, when using it on the tripod. My regards.
: ) )

SteveW on April 29, 2014

I've been relatively lucky Roger, as the majority of my night-shooting has either been in the Pilbara or during the warmer months down here in Perth. Dew has not really been an issue for me in the past.

I must admit though, when I was down in Pemberton last year and I took those shots from the Big Brook dam at 4.00 in the morning it was exceptionally cold and my lenses kept fogging up....... I was continually wiping them. That started me thinking about the conditions that I could expect when I move down to Tasmania. I was looking online at those chemical heat packs, the instant medi ones, but that was as far as I got. I thought at the time that there may well be dedicated dew heating equipment for camera gear but I haven't investigated further.

Cheers.... Steve

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