Southern Skies Observing Bliss
with Sigma 8mm Fish Eye Lens
Lens: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fish eye at f/5
Platform: Robotic Barndoor II
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800
Location: Winton, QLD, Australia
Elevation: 260 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10
Outside Temperature: 50F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR
HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS
GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS
This is one
of the most memorable images taken on our recent trip to the
deep Outback of Australia, near the town of Winton. What you
are seeing here is the magnificently dark and transparent August
sky with the brilliant Milky Way arcing horizon to horizon, accompanied
by a dazzling bright zodiacal light and band. But look closely
at the lower right part of this shot, and you can see our stargazing
friend Paul Tierney using his red night vision flashlight to
study his star charts and contemplate the awesome sight which
rotates over his head.
The red nebula
on the left edge of the field in the Milky Way is Eta Carina.
Jupiter is top center, and Vega on the right edge. Thank you
Paul for making our trip down under the most memorable one ever!