Rising in the North East
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 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.