11/02/2016 - Far from an astronomy geek, I have never seen Star Wars and I am usually totally disinterested by anything to do with space. That is until I discovered that I was living within New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie international Dark Sky Reserve and that on a clear night with a small moon, the milky way is there for everyone to see. So I thought I would have a go at photographing it in my first attempt at night/star photography!
These steel containers which by day look like eye sores ruining my view of the surrounding mountains by night actually bring the scene to life.
The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world spanning the Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook regions. Stargaze to your heart's content at the Mount John Observatory in Tekapo which is manned by astronomers from around the world and if you are lucky you just might see the Southern Lights!