The Milky Way Rising from

A Very Dark Site Down Under

Uploaded 7/26/06

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 Later in the evening on a cool winter night in early July in the Outback of Australia, the most brilliant part of the Milkyway galaxy rises in the east, in which for us northern hemisphere observers appears to be a rather peculiar orientation. This single 10 minute frame with the barn door mount reveals a bit more than the eye saw at that time, but it was so dark, the horizon was never visible to our naked eyes. You knew the sky had met the ground only by the absence of stars, then it was utter blackness.

Just above the center in this image is M8 the Lagoon nebula appearing as a pink patch of nebulosity. The Scutum star clouds are to its lower left, and you can see the bowl of the Pipe nebula at the top of the frame.

Myself, Dawn, and our good friend Paul Tierney spent over a week deep in the Outback stargazing, imaging, photographing and fossil collecting. It was our best time ever visiting Paul, with most days clear and dry and the nights dark, transparent and steady for all the clear evenings.

Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ 17mm Platform: Robotic Barn Door Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: UV Location: Near Winton, Queensland, Australia Elevation: 700 ft. Sky: Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Pixmantec RAW HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral