Bluespeck.ca is a personal photography project.
As a novice astrophotographer I still have a lot to learn about both the stars and the equipment used to image them. This site is primarily intended for personal use as a means to document and reflect on my journey. It will no doubt include both good and perhaps not so good images of the night sky but will hopefully over time show improvement in knowledge, technique and artistic quality.
Working within the limitations of my equipment and experience, the images posted on this site are all wide-field shots encompassing a field of view of roughly 5 degrees or less where cropped (except as otherwise noted).
The name Bluespeck.ca was inspired by the famous photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe on February 14, 1990.
Launched by NASA in September 1977 Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission by early 1990 and having already travelled past the planet Neptune, it was set to leave the solar system and head out towards interstellar space. Influenced by the highly respected astronomer and author Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the space probe to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of planet Earth looking back across the great expanse of space.
Photographed from a distance of about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles), this photograph would become known as the Pale Blue Dot. The iconic image shows Earth within a scattered ray of sunlight. Voyager 1 was so far away that from its vantage point the planet Earth was just a point of light about the size of a single pixel.
The image and the story have stayed with me over the years and have often served to remind me of just how tiny and insignificant our little blue speck is against the great expanse of space and time. It is most humbling indeed.