Scorpius Rising in the North East

From Paul's Backyard in Caboolture, QLD, Australia

Uploaded 7/18/09

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This image shows Scorpius rising on its side, with the claws on the upper left, and tail lower right. The stinger will be just north of the zenith in about 6 hours. The bright orange star to the right of center in Antares, the heart of the scorpion. Just below the tail, the large star cluster M7 can be seen clearly.

 This is the second 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.

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