Spring Milkyway and the Zodiacal Light

Uploaded 3/30/08

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 In late March the evening Zodiacl light is at its best, blazing in the western sky after sunset. In this image, the last of the Winter Milkyway is seen crossing the western sky, with the huge bright pyrimid of light extending upward, crossing the Milkyway and continueing onward past to the opposite horizon as the zodiacal band. The only sky glow here is the faint yellowish tint of distant Phoenix, on the left edge looking to the southwest. Orion is seen clearly in this image, and Taurus and the Pleiades is in the Zodical glow.

This is the first time I have stacked three fisheye shots to increase depth and lower noise. It worked pretty good.

Instrument: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens at f/4 Platform: Home Made GEM - Byers Starmaster Drive Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO400 Exposure: 30m Filters: None Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS