Southern Skies Observing Bliss with Sigma 8mm Fish Eye Lens

Uploaded 11/21/08

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 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!

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: 50F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS