Southern Winter Milkyway with Sigma 8mm Fish Eye Lens

Uploaded 9/14/08

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 With this lens pointed directly at the zenith, the center of our Galaxy reveals its form and structure in this extreme wide field image. The yellow dust laden galactic bulge lies in the center, with the arms of the galaxy forming the rest of the band of light with the coal sack and Eta Carina on the left side, and the North America nebula and Cygnus on the right. At the bottom is the brilliant zodiacal light, crossing the Milkyway and continuing beyond. The jewel of the Galaxies center is Jupiter, the bright white stellar image just above center. Finally, the SMC lies to the upper left of this image, rising into the dark night.
Lens: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fish eye at f/5 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