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In the past, most of the content of Lonely Speck has been indirectly driven by the request of readers like you. I usually have some ideas of what I want to create for each of my projects but often times those ideas are sparked from comments and questions that I receive via email, facebook, or in the comments sections of each of my posts.

At any given time, I’m usually working on a camera review, a lens review and a tutorial. We only have one full-time writer right now (me) so we’re a little bit limited in what can be covered at one time (although I am looking for guest writers for publishing tutorials, reviews, etc. Contact me if you’re interested).

Photographing the Milky Way

I’m serious about making excellent tutorials and gear reviews. Every single one is a passion project to which I dedicate my time to create as much real world content so that you can have the best experience reading and viewing the results.

Now, I want your help deciding what we should publish next. Below you will find three running polls to cover the three main topics that I like to hit upon most on Lonely Speck: Tutorials, Lenses and Cameras, all with a focus on astrophotography. You’ll also see one of these polls listed on the sidebar of Lonely Speck at any given time.

Photographing the Milky Way - North American Nebula

You can vote on any of the items listed on the polls and I’ll make every effort start my next project based on the top voted items. We’ll even pick some of the lesser voted items if we personally think they’re relevant to the focus of Lonely Speck. You can also make a suggestion of your choice by making a comment at the bottom of the page. When a project is underway, it will drop down to the current projects section and when it’s complete, you’ll see it published on Lonely Speck and listed under each poll with the other items we have already covered.

When a project is decided upon and the newly listed topic is listed as a current project, the polls will reset and you’ll be able to vote again on the 10 previously most popular items. Once again, suggest additional answers in the comments.

Photographing the Milky Way

This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Lonely Speck. I want this site to continue to be one of the best resources for simple astrophotography techniques, equipment and inspiration, I just need your help doing it. Please feel free to vote on your top choices for our content and feel free to share your thoughts on the voting in the comments section below!

Thanks for helping shape Lonely Speck!


The Lonely Speck Polls


We're currently reviewing: Sony a6000, Fujifilm X-T10. Which camera should we review next?

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We're currently reviewing: Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4. Which lens should we review next?

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What tutorial should we make next?

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Current Projects

Current Camera Reviews:

  • Sony a7II
  • Sony a6000
  • Fujifilm X-T10

Current Lens Reviews:

  • Sigma 24mm/1.4 Art
  • Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4

Current Tutorial Projects:

  • Updated Landscape Astrophotography Image Stacking Video Tutorial
  • Focusing in the Dark Video Tutorial

Completed Projects

Completed Camera Reviews:




16 Responses

  1. Arda Ates June 8, 2016 / 8:42 am

    I wonder have you ever tried panorama stitching and stacking photos at the same time? Is it possible? It would be nice option for who doesn’t own wide lens
    (I read many of your writings if you mention it somewhere sorry about that..)

  2. Chandresh Kedhambadi February 21, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Hey Ian,
    I really love Lonely Speck and has been a great resource for Astrophotography.

    Is it possible to compile all the locations that you have shot the Milky Way? Pictures, time of the year and locations tabulated would be great.

  3. Anonymous December 4, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Why aren’t you considering reviewing the K-3 II or any of the other Pentax cameras that can use the O-GPS1 attachment for star tracking? I have a K-3 plus O-GPS1 and would love to see your opinion on the astrotracer function.

  4. Finlander November 4, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Hey Ian.
    When Sony a6000 review will be published or is the review still in progress? I might buy that camera with Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens to photograph stars and northern lights. I would like to read your review before I go and get it.

    • Ian Norman November 8, 2015 / 1:34 am

      I’m still working on it, but will publish in a couple weeks. a6000 and 12mm/2 is my top choice for an affordable set up.

  5. Billy October 12, 2015 / 6:57 am

    Review the old 550d

  6. Anonymous August 30, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Just wanna let you know about a Typo.


    Voigtländer 15mm f/1.4 Heliar III
    (Should be 4.5?)

    • Ian Norman September 22, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Haha, thanks, I fixed it. I wish it was an f/1.4!

  7. Love photography August 18, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Hi Ian,
    Would really love to see a review on the toKina 11-20mm f/2.8

  8. Frank Artmont July 8, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Hey Ian,

    I didn’t really see this vote page on your site until today, has it been up for a while? I saw there weren’t many votes and figured either it just went up or people weren’t seeing it. It would be a shame if people weren’t seeing it!


    • Ian Norman July 8, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      Frank, I just put it up a couple hours ago! I’m still tweaking it but I’ll put an announcement on the homepage about it once it’s ready.

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