Cassiopeia to Auriga

Winter Milkyway Wide Field

Uploaded 1/16/07

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 This night was extremely windy, but in between gusts I obtained this picture with the lower profile Robotic Barn door as a tracking platform. The field spans from part of Andromeda on the left side, to the center of Auriga on t he right. The Fall/Winter Milkyway cuts diagonally across this field.

A few objects to note, M31 the Andromeda spiral is on the upper left, and in the center is the Double Cluster in Perseus. Capella the brightest G star in the sky is upper right, and the California nebula top right. Notice the profusion of dark nebula in this part of the sky as well, cutting through the center of the Milkyway.

Processing: Iris was used for dark, flat, bias calibration, white balance and RAW conversion. Photoshop CS2 for contrast, and final color adjustments.

Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ f/4.5 Platform: Robotic Barn Door Mount Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: None Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 25F Processing Tools: Iris, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral