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Astrophotography Gallery > Wide Field > The Jewels of the Southern Sky
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Location: Golden State Star Party, CA
 
When we look toward the Sagittarius area of the milky way, we are actually looking towards the center of our own galaxy. Thus, this particular area of the sky is extremely dense. The "jewels" in the picture are the four Messier nebulae that are clearly visible - (left to right) Lagoon (M8), Trifid (M20), Swan (M17), and Eagle (M16). In addition to those four nebulae, a host of star clusters and other objects are also clearly visible within this gorgeous field of view.
 
Mount: Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Camera: Canon 60D (Stock)
Scope/Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Guide Scope: Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Guide Camera: Orion Starshoot Autoguider
 
Exposure #1 (RGB):
   18 x 170 Seconds @ ISO 1600, f/4.5
   10 Darks, 50 Flats/Dark Flats/Bias

 
Integration: 0 Hours, 51 Minutes, 0 Seconds
 
Processing: BackyardEOS, PHD, DeepSkyStacker, Adobe Photoshop CS6
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