Stars over Palms
Paul's Backyard in Caboolture, QLD, Australia
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Lens: Sigma 18 - 200 @ f/5.6
Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800
Mount: Camera Tripod
Location: Happy Jack, Arizona
Elevation: 6800 ft.
Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature: 50F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DL, PixInsight, RawShooter Premium
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This is the
first in a series of half a dozen shots I took on our first clear
night while staying at our good friend Paul Tourney's home for
a week. The moon was first quarter and the sky had a distinct
bluish tint and was very bright from the moon and nearby Caboolture.
None the less this image which is untracked on a simple tripod
goes at least two magnitudes fainter than what we saw visually.
And of course, few star colors were seen with the eye as well.
This image shows
the two bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri over the treetop,
with the Southern Cross and Eta Carina off to the right side
of the tree top.