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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



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Current Projects


Current Tutorial Projects:

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

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19 Responses

  1. Charl Mellin October 6, 2016 / 3:53 am

    Hello again Ian!
    May I instead suggest that the new Rokinon (Samyang) 14mm F2.4 which is a premium manual focus photo lens to maybe be tested for astrophotography in future?
    I just found out that the Irix 15mm f/2.4 seems to have some problems that the company needs to resolve and that this lens seems to have quite strong vignetting almost 4 stops measured in the edges that is not so very promising for astrophotography and light gathering of the starry sky!
    There seems to be new rather fast wide angle lenses on the horizon – for example the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D and also the Laowa 15mm F2 FE Zero-D, from Venus Optics maybe a candidate for a future review?
    But my hopes is in the new 14/2.4 from Samyang which is consisted of 18 glasses in 14 groups including four different special optics: two aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens, two extra-low dispersion lenses and one high refractive lens. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image.
    Thank you again for sharing so many pieces of practical advice!
    Wishing you success and many happy shootings!
    Best regards,

  2. Charl Mellin October 6, 2016 / 3:28 am

    Hello Ian from Sweden! First big THANK for this interesting and very helpful in order to grow in the skills and knowledge how to be more familiar with the astrophotography!
    I don´t know if you at all are interested in making a gear review of the rather new lens made by the Switzerland-based company TH Swiss who recently has introduced the Irix 15mm F2.4 lens for DSLR cameras. It is a manual focus lens that features a ‘neutrino’ coating that helps keep ghosting, color aberration and flare under control. This Irix 15mm F2.4 is designed for full-frame cameras. It offers a minimum focusing distance of 28cm/11in, and the focus ring provides a ‘click’ tactile feedback when focused to infinity. The lens is composed of 15 elements in 11 groups, and three of the elements have a high refractive index (HRI) elements while another two feature extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. Also a pair of glass aspherical lenses ensure minimal distortions and aberrations while also improving image edge brightness and overall image quality, the TH Swiss company informs! [for Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K mount] Also this lens has very interesting details when handled in night time when it is dark: the new special features such as focus lock, infinity click and hyperfocal scale set a new level of manual lens functionality. Focus lock enables to lock the focus ring at any time ensuring the chosen settings. Hyperfocal distance scale gives information about the accessible range for depth of field for a given aperture simply and intuitively. When the focusing ring is set in the “infinity” position, there is a noticeable “click” (infinity click), making it easier to find the value without looking.
    So maybe in the future this lens could also be a good astrophotography performer in order to capture the magnificent beauty of the Lacta via; the Milky Way!
    Warm thank to you who works so diligently and with great skills with this productive and really wonderful site for everyone,
    who has a passion for astrophotography!
    Wishing you all the very Best and much success also in the future!
    Best regards,

  3. 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..)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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