Southern Milkyway With Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein with Sigma 8mm Fish Eye Lens

Uploaded 10/02/08

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 This is the deepest shot of the elusive zodiacal band I have taken yet. In this all sky view, the band cutting diagonally across the frame is dust in the plane of the Solar System, with the bright patch in the band near the top in Capricorn the counter glow - or Gegenschein. Off to the right you can see the LMC and SMC rising, which can here be directly compared with the much smaller Andromeda Galaxy on the left edge of this image. The sky was quite dark here, measuring 21.6 on the SQM meter in the gap between the band and LMC.
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: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS