Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Milky Way Madness

It was nice and clear last night, so Sandra and I went to the south end of Bonaire to observe the Summer Milky Way in all its glory. We could see it stretching overhead from the Southern Cross in the South all the way to Cygnus in the North.

Here is photo of the brightest portion of the Milky Way. The star, Antares, is at the top middle and the planet, Jupiter, is a little to the left of the middle at the bottom. This picture shows a larger area of sky than the pictures I posted a week or two ago.

You can identify many of the same features in both pictures, but they will look smaller in this one because of the different scale. I used four minute exposures at ISO 1600 last night. This seemed to bring out the star clouds without making the foreground stars too bright.

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