Mike with his 12" scope

Mike with his 12″ scope

My name is Mike Salway and I’m a photographer based on the Central Coast of NSW. I’m passionate about Photography and Astronomy and I love to capture beautiful landscapes and nightscapes – scenes that bring together the wonders of our night sky combined with a beautiful or interesting foreground.

I want to inspire and motivate people with my photography. I want to evoke emotion and to hear people say “Wow!” when they look at my work.

In early 2012, I received 1st prize in the Ken Duncan Photo Awards for my Surf Alone photo. The prize was a 13 day Kimberley adventure with Ken Duncan, and the trip was completed in early July 2012. It really reignited my passion and gave me a new purpose for my photography. You can view all of my images and blog posts from the Kimberley trip here. To purchase framed or unframed prints, you can view my online shop.

My Other Lives

I’m passionate about astronomy and amateur astronomy. In September 2004 I co-founded the Astronomy website, IceInSpace with my friend Terry Mohan, and since then it has grown to be the biggest and most active astronomy website in the Southern Hemisphere. I’ve done loads of astrophotography over the past years, including pictures of the planets and more, but lately it’s been more landscape astrophotography (nightscapes).

I practise Martial Arts, specifically Shotokan Karate with Black Belt Martial Arts on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. I’m a 1st Dan Black Belt (obtained in June 2010), and love it for the fitness, flexibility, confidence and community. I love to compete in sparring tournaments to push myself and get out of my comfort zone.

As a day job, I’m an IT Product Manager for a Software Company in Sydney. Coming from a technical background, I enjoy reading about new technology and love agile methodologies (Scrum and XP).

Finally, I have a wonderful family with my wife Kate, and our three kids, Jacob, Eliza and Abbey.


A bit more about my Astronomy background. My first telescope was a 10″ dob bought in July 2004, and I became interested in solar system astrophotography later that year. After persisting with non-tracking planetary photography for about 9 months, I bought an Equatorial Platform in June 2005 and my results steadily improved as my techniques for capture and processing improved.

In December 2006, I upgraded to a 12″ newt on an EQ6 mount and during my peak was considered by some to be among Australia’s best lunar and planetary imagers. Though I’m waaay out of practise now. Unfortunately my interest levels for Astronomy have taken a back seat for the past 12-18 months while I’ve concentrated on other interests (Karate and now Photography), but it’s the type of hobby and interest that will never go away. I hope to get back into it soon!

Here’s a list of APOD’s received over the years – each one very special to me:

For a more thorough review of my first 5 years in Astronomy, this article is for you – My Journey in Astronomy: 5 Years since it all began!


I practise Martial Arts, specifically Shotokan Karate with Black Belt Martial Arts on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. I’m a 1st Dan Black Belt (obtained in June 2010), and love it for the fitness, flexibility, confidence and community.

I compete in Kumite (sparring) tournaments and enjoy the challenge of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and put into practise what we learn in class. I usually try to record my sparring matches and you’ll find them on YouTube (though they’re getting a bit old now) or embedded here using the Karate category.

Photography Equipment

My main camera is a Canon 5D Mk 2, and I use a selection of lenses including the 17-40mm L f/4, 24-105mm L f/4, 200mm f/2.8 and for nightscapes and ultra-widefield, I use the Samyang 14mm f/2.8.

I also have a backup Canon 40D, and use a Manfrotto 055 ProX tripod with a 484RC2 ball head.

Connect with me on Facebook

I’ve created a Facebook page for my photography – Mike Salway Photography. Please Like my page and share it with your friends!


Use the email form on the contact page to send me a message. You can subscribe to the site and receive new posts via email or your feed reader. You can connect with me on social media using the widget on the right or in the footer, too.

Lastly, you can also find me on the IceInSpace Forums as “iceman”. If you’re into astronomy or astrophotography, please join the forums and get in touch!

I’d love to hear from you about absolutely anything.

The Salway family! Mike, Kate, Jacob, Eliza and Abbey

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