Zodiacal Light Before
Near Winton, Australia on June 30th
Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ 17mm
Platform: Robotic Barn Door
Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800
Location: Near Winton, Queensland, Australia
Elevation: 700 ft.
Sky: Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10
Outside Temperature: 45F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Pixmantec RAW
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The Winter Zodiacal
light on this morning was exceptionally intense. While the ground,
camera and everything else was starting to dew, the sky was transparent
with a few black clouds along the horizon. The Planet Venus is
rising as well, in the center of the light cone, with the Pleiades
just above it and to the left.
The Zodiacal light as
you recall, is a disk of dust that surrounds the sun which we
view edgewise. It is actually the brightest reflection nebula
in the sky!