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My name is Hugh Carrick-Allan. I’m a 3D Animator / VFX artist living in Sydney Australia. As you can see my hobbies are astrophotography and photography. Enjoy.



All photos on this blog are Copyright Hugh Carrick-Allan 2017.

No images in this blog may be used anywhere without permission from me.



  1. I’m planning some photographs of similar nature, but with some trees in the foreground. I’m particularly interested in how you processed your Milky Way images. Were they multiple stacked images, or a single image with post processing? Any comments would be appreciated.

    • hughca
    • Posted September 21, 2011 at 9:47 am
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    No stacking of multiple images, just single exposures of 30 sec each on ISO 800. Processing involved boosting contrast and playing with levels to bring down the light pollution in the sky plus a little bit of noise reduction.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Do you know ?

    • Fiona.q
    • Posted March 9, 2012 at 11:57 am
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    can it be used as a personal desktop? :)

    • hughca
    • Posted March 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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    Of course, you can put it as your desktop background if you want :-)

    • Danny Sebes
    • Posted May 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm
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    Hey, I’m trying to chase up an old friend. You may be him?
    Did you live near Glebe/Forest Lodge in Sydney in the 80’s with your brother (Gavin?)
    And father (Ivor?) and go to school at Blackfriers in Chippendale?
    If so, I’m Danny. Where were friends. I’m headed to Port Macquarie next week and heard many years ago that you lived there.

    Please respond cause if it’s not you I’ll try elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance.

    • hughca
    • Posted May 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    Hi Danny, Yep it’s me, I’ve sent you an email.

  3. I would like permission to use your photo of a cave in Cooper’s Park in an invitation only Facebook event. Specifically .

    • hughca
    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    Hi Joe,
    Sure you can use it.


  4. Nice shots mate, and some great results considering your location at Sydney – NarrowBand imaging is a must in that much LP !

    • hughca
    • Posted November 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm
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    Thanks! Yeah that latest Helix image is with some new even narrower filters which is helping cut through the LP a bit more, though with 19 hours exposure that image would have been heaps deeper had it been taken under dark skies. Gotta make the most of what you’ve got though I suppose :-)

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