About Lonely Speck

On Photographing the Milky Way on Vimeo

Hello and welcome to Lonely Speck!

We are Ian Norman and Diana Southern, a married couple with a passion for photography and travel.

Ian Norman and Diana Southern

Lonely Speck is the home of our night photography and astrophotography adventures. It’s a project to help us learn as much as we can about photographing the Milky Way and sharing those experiences with others so that they can learn how to do it, too.

Here you will find our best efforts to impart our own knowledge of dark sky photography to you. We pride ourselves on the hundreds of images all of you have created and shared with us using the tutorials and articles on Lonely Speck. We hope that you will find as much satisfaction using the tools here as we have had creating them.

We hope that you will join our small community and share your experiences with us. Subscribe to our email list, share your images on our Flickr group, follow us on Facebook, and read about our travel adventures on our travel blog.

Check out our meet-ups and workshops page for more opportunities to connect with us!

Wishing you clear dark skies and happy photographing.

–Ian & Diana

48 Replies to “About Lonely Speck”

  1. Hello,

    I ordered Sharp Star2 – 100mm Square Filter on August 24, 2021. My order no. is #168061. My USPS tracking No. was: 9400136205309295076201

    As per tracking status. The package was delivered on 2nd September. When I reached out to USPS, they lost the item by mis-delivering the item this is what they responded back.

    “Dear Nikunj Modi,

    Thank you for taking the time to notify us of your experience. Your USPS® Service Request 30312906 has been marked as resolved.
    I regret learning of the inconvenience you have experienced.

    The Postal Service is aware of the frustration and disappointment caused when we do not live up to our commitment of safe and reliable mail service.

    USPS satellite scanning technology shows the item was scanned in a different location, other than the address provided on the label. With this information, there is no way to know if this item was delivered to the intended recipient or may have been misdelivered. Because we understand how important this item is to you, we directed an extraordinary search for your missing item. Regrettably, searches were unsuccessful in locating your missing package.

    Since this was not insured, we recommend you notify the sender that you have not received the shipment and request a replacement be sent. You can supply them with a copy of this letter as proof that you have filed a claim of non-receipt to the USPS. Your vendor can use this letter as supporting documentation.”

    Since I already ordered this item with my own expense with Order #168147 (September 15, 2021) , as I needed it asap.
    Considering the situation, please refund me for my lost item . Feel free to reach out to me if you need official copy from USPS.

    P.S.- I did try to reach out to you on [email protected] Sep04 and Sep08 but I never heard back.

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