Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Milky Way

The Bonaire skies were clear and cloudless last Sunday night, so Bud Gillan and I went out to the super south end stargazing spot that I inherited from Pierre. We observed with 10x50 binoculars and once the moon set, I took some pictures with a 24mm lens. This is a stack of five images. Each exposure was six minutes long and the camera was set at F4 and ISO 200.
Above is a 100% crop of the lower left part of the top wide angle picture. I drew in the lines of the "teapot" and labeled a few of the many interesting objects we could see in the binoculars. Bud's favorite "fuzz" was M22.

Here is a link, I hope, to a full size version of the top image. I've drawn in the shape of Scorpius as well as the teapot so you can get your bearings.

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