Photo of the Week

This weeks Photo of the Week was taken Monday
(April 20, 2015)

Southern Stars

Southern Stars

Now I know this photo doesn’t look like much, the stars are blurry and I’m sure you’ve seen many images of the stars that are far grander than this one.  But allow me to explain.

This is a first attempt at photographing the night sky.  Dean took the photo on his Canon EOS 500D using a 50 mm lens and a 25 second exposure.  The image has been very basically ‘enhanced’ but without the use of superior photo editing software such as Photoshop or the like.

After looking at the photo for almost a week, thinking something in the image is familiar, I finally realised what it was.  Four well know features of the southern night sky.

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The Southern Cross, Coalsack Nebula, Eta Carinae Nebula and Southern Pleiades.

As we continue to experiment and learn, hopefully we will venture towards taking clearer images.

The night sky here at St Helens is truly amazing to behold.  We have no light pollution and can stand in the yard for ages just drinking in the beauty from above (when there isn’t any clouds of cause).

Here is another (blurry) image that shows a (small) part of the band of the Milky Way.

The Milky Way

Band of stars within the Milky Way


Please enjoy the following photo submitted last week:

Becky – You Can’t See Me

Thank you Becky for joining in once again.


Additional Information:

The Southern Cross

Coalsack Nebula

Eta Carina Nebula

Southern Pleiades

Same Sky – Better image


 

6 Comments

  1. Tremendous photo . Unlike you I could only recognise the Southern Cross till you pointed out the others. Thanks for the information.

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  2. Oh How I love the stars. Here in the desert we can see soooooooo many!
    The photo is fabulous! I need to play around with my camera to try to capture the amazing stars. I may have to join in on Photo of the Week…next week!

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