Southern Winter Milkyway Setting over Thunderstorm

Uploaded 9/10/08

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 Setting rapidly in the southwest shortly after the end of evening twilight, we bid a farewell to the Eta Carina nebula, the reddish patch on the horizon mid frame. Central in this frame is the Coal Sack, and above it the bright pair of Alpha and Beta Centauri. A dark thin nebula can be seen just to the left of the Coalsack in Musca, and the bright yellow "star" to the right of center is none other than the famous Omega Centauri globular cluster.

Along the horizon some layers of distant clouds, with a flash of reddish lightning on the left edge at the bottom. Fortunately, the storm did not move in, and we enjoyed a long night of stunning southern skies observing.

Lens: Canon 17 - 40 mm L at f/4 @ 17mm Platform: Robotic Barndoor II Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: None Location: Winton, QLD, Australia Elevation: 260 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 70F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS