Manfrotto Fluid Head (MVH502AH) – (not just) a practical Gimbal Head alternative: Equipment Review

Author: Ravi Kailas ( I have been using Manfrotto’s MVH502AH for a few months now, replacing its smaller, less versatile cousin, the Manfrotto MVH500AH, which I had originally bought as I was exploring the delights of wildlife videography with the Panasonic GH5 mated to a telephoto zoom. The 500AH worked ok for this set-up, barringContinue reading “Manfrotto Fluid Head (MVH502AH) – (not just) a practical Gimbal Head alternative: Equipment Review”

Comet Neowise from a Chennai terrace part 2

Author: Ravi Kailas ( After making a post on my first sighting of Comet Neowise, on Thursday, 23rd July, the sky was clear enough (relatively speaking, but not before a typically dramatic (see video below), July evening cloud build-up in the western sky, threatening a black-out) for another attempt at imaging the comet, on Friday,Continue reading “Comet Neowise from a Chennai terrace part 2”

Comet Neowise from a Chennai terrace

Author: Ravi Kailas The barely discernible Comet Neowise in the only image I managed to capture, before the clouds took over An unusually (relatively speaking) clear July sky over Chennai (13N 80 E) yesterday evening (21/07/2020), prompted me to drag my behemoth 8″ Dobsonian telescope onto the terrace, to enjoy the spectacles that the summerContinue reading “Comet Neowise from a Chennai terrace”

Binoculars for nature-watchers: an introductory guide

Authors: Ravi Kailas & Ganesh KR ( The sheer pleasure of observing nature through a pair of fine binoculars is pretty near unparalleled, a feeling akin to the extension of your own vision, only more vivid and magnified several fold, placing you in the midst of the occupants of the distant scene. Binoculars have been indispensableContinue reading “Binoculars for nature-watchers: an introductory guide”

Astrophotography – Imaging the Deep Sky splendours (Part 2)

Author: Ravi Kailas ( This is a follow-up to the basics post (which might be of interest if you are just starting out on this pursuit and looking to experiment with the gamut of subjects). In this post I will elaborate on my work flow to photographing the faint deep sky subjects (Nebulae, Milky Way regions, Galaxies,Continue reading “Astrophotography – Imaging the Deep Sky splendours (Part 2)”

Astrophotography (from one amateur to others) Part 1 – The Basics

Author: Ravi Kailas ( The Genesis Among the privileges of visiting natural areas is the potential to gaze at dark night skies and the countless pinpoints of light that fill it. On good nights, this can be a truly mesmerising experience, that touches the depths of your soul! While I have been smitten by these celestialContinue reading “Astrophotography (from one amateur to others) Part 1 – The Basics”