The Magellanic Clouds over the

Sheep Station

Milkyway and Companion Galaxies

Uploaded 7/8/06

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 Our recent trip down under deep into the Outback of Australia at -22 latitude was filled with sunny days and clear dark skies at night. On this first image from our trip, I am showing a wide angle vista of both clouds poised over the sheep shearers quarters at one ranch we stayed at with the SMC rising on the lower left, and LMC setting on the lower right. The pole is centered to the lower left of Musca, and Eta Carina is the pink object to upper right. A few dramatic clouds drifted by for a while, setting the stage for a more aesthetic composition. Look carfully at the top center to see the thin dark nebula known as the "Dark Doodad".
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