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Skywatcher
26-08-2008, 10:28 AM
As you go further South the stars in the night sky change - makes sense really - One of the great thrills of being an astronomer and travelling is seing things you can't see from your own country.

One of the constellations that is hardest to see from the UK is Scorpio - its main orange star - Antares barely scapes our southern horizons and you will never get to see the lovely double star of a sting in the scopions tail.

The following is a shot taken with the 350d on a tripod with the standard 18- 55mm lens - highish iso for a short burst ( to avoid star trail) light pollution was not good and there was a flippin phone cable in the way :mad:

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/starrynightrawbmp-1.jpg

Now to me this is a lovely shot showing the whole of the constellation and a few unexpected treats -

Jupiter is sitting high to the leftshining brightly and 2 of his moons are just peaking out and there is a feint fuzzy patch just over an inch to the right of Jupiter - we call these 'fuzzies' and this is how you see most deep sky objects even through a telescope - with a bit of research this is the Lagoon nebula.

See what you can grab in one simple frame :D

Just to clarify for you....

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/scorpioandjupiterfinishedmoons.jpg

Skywatcher
26-08-2008, 10:30 AM
Again a lot of noise brought in as the file was shrunk :(

Skywatcher
26-08-2008, 10:32 AM
You can of course decide to leave the shutter open and get a star trail photo - had to go for a low iso as I wanted the village in this so the trails are feint - this is a composite of 3 x 10 minute exposures

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/greekstartraildarksubtract-small.jpg

ukwdwnut
26-08-2008, 10:49 AM
great pix chris thx for sharing :)

Tink
26-08-2008, 11:01 AM
Wow! Thanks for the clarification photo. :yes: I'm never too good at picking out the constellations.

You would LOVE being at Gilbert Lake in Central NY. There is something about the night sky there that makes it a haven for sky watchers. :yes:

Dawn
26-08-2008, 11:06 AM
I like the star trail village shot. :D

keith
26-08-2008, 11:13 AM
I like the one showing scorpio.. amazing what you can pick out when you know what youre doing

Johnie
26-08-2008, 02:39 PM
I like the illustration as well. Great photos!!