While I’m not a hard-core astro-photographer, I have to confess that for me there are few experiences that come close to standing out in a landscape far from city lights, observing and photographing the night sky. There’s something primeval by way of the connection that it provides with the universe – and with those generations from the past who, without means to easily light their rooms, must have been keen observers of the night skies and their periodic changes in the arrangement of moon, planets and stars.
Over recent months, I’d begun to pursue photography of the night skies over New Zealand with a little more commitment, exploring the astrophotography websites to hone my skills both in image capture and processing. And that began to pay off with some results that begin to capture for me something of the mysteries of what I see above me in our National Parks on a clear, moonless night. That is until I come across the words ‘star-eater algorithm! – and discovered the veritable can of worms that has been opened up by Sony’s latest firmware (3.3) for its Sony A7RII and A7SII cameras.