Roof tops in South Launceston…

Roof tops in South Launceston Lots of clouds but no rain

Roof tops in South Launceston Lots of clouds but no rain. This certainly seems like a regular pattern and one for no small concern. There was quite a good article outlining the dilema that faces Tasmania in relation to water and energy in the Mercury last week.

Having only lived in Tasmania for little over a year I wonder if I am qualified to comment further but the problems facing us at the present time are so fundamenal that anyone and everyone concerned needs to make their voice heard because the state government seems bereft of long term solutions. The fact is we are an island and as such we have to be as self sufficient in all our basic needs as it is possible to be and right now we are not, we are in what only can be describe as a mess and our government can only be described as moribund.

Clarendon at night…

Clarendon-against-the-Milky-way

When ones partner takes an interest in a subject invariably I become involved at some level such is the case with astronomy. My nearest and dearest has had a bubbling under the surface interest for several years a few apps and the odd book only served to propagate this interest to a higher intensity until a few weeks ago when a decision was made to purchase a telescope.

A few days later the object of a long desire arrived and a few days later the Tamar Valley Astronomy Group was contacted. The date was set to go to a meeting under the stars at Clarendon Homestead. Clarendon is a country home in the grand neo classical style. Once the home of a well to do farmer, built in the nineteenth century its now owned by the national trust and presents a stunning forground to an equally stunning view of the milky way. I have to say its a very long time since I have seen the sky at night so clearly and this is one of the very first group of astro photographs I have captured. Its a peculiarity that in all of the years that I have been using a camera this sector of the craft is new to me. So much still to learn…

It really is a basin…

it really is a basin

The first basin has a secret, it is a little bit sheltered from the car induced smog in Launceston. In this photograph the smog can be clearly seen above the gorge in the centre of the image… I doubt that anyone has fired up a wood stove just yet so it must be the families cars that is causing the problem. If we had any sense we could fix this problem but I doubt there is the will to do it. Not to do anything about the diminished air quality will see a decline in the of health in our children and the elderly will die off prematurely.
This has happened and has been proven in many other countries. Do we really want to go down the same path as our Asian neighbours?