Monday, 7 May 2012

Starry, starry night

Just a few quick photos from the other night. I was on ‘lates’ so had to stay up, and made use of it being a beautiful night by star gazing for a while.

I took these photos using my 70-200 f/2.8 lens, set on about f3.2, for 13 seconds, and with the iso turned up as much as possible.

20120501-DSC_1872 PanoramaThree photos stitched together, an interesting part of the milky way.

In looking up this section of the night sky in one of our stargazing books I have discovered that this is in fact a photo looking at the centre of our galaxy! The four brighter stars top right are part of Scorpius.

20120501-DSC_1884The Southern Cross

Above and to the left of the Cross is the Coalsack Nebula, it is 600 light years away.

20120501-DSC_1879The Large Magellanic Cloud, the Tarantula Nebula is on it’s right hand side

Having now looked through the star gazing book there are some really cool things I might try and photograph next time we have a clear night. The moon is causing a few issues at the moment though, it’s so bright that it drowns out the detail in the sky, however, being very large at the moment the moon is interesting in itself.

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