• "Seagull" stars caused by lens distortion; this is the Grus region
  • The center of the Milky Way is hidden by these gas/dust clouds
  • Sagittarius
  • Aquila
  • Cygnus
  • The Coathanger (look at this one in Original size!)
  • Lyra
  • Scutum star cloud
  • Deneb
  • Vega
  • Altair
  • Delphinus
  • All the red streaks are red flashlights in the observing field, used to preserve dark adaptation by the astronomers. There were about 115 astronomers at this event.

Fall/Late-Summer Milky Way

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In going back through archives on an old computer, I found a cache of 35mm color-film images I'd made at the inaugural Eldorado Star Party in west Texas.

This was made with a Zenitar 16mm F2.8 fisheye lens affixed to a Pentax MX 35mm film SLR, which was piggybacked on a 6" Celestron refractor driven (unguided) by a CI-700 equatorial mount. I think the exposure was about 1 minute and the film was Fujicolor at about ISO 800.

Notice the dust lanes in the Milky Way show up nicely. The skyglow along the horizon was caused by reflections from dust in the air, as it had been very windy near sunset. The local time was about an hour past sunset.

"Down" in the photo is to the lower left corner.

Due to distortion of the stars by the extremely short focal-length of the lens, this is best viewed Medium rather than Large or Original.

This was taken October 23, 2003.

My most-favorited photo (hit 100 on Feb. 19, 2011--thanks, Michelle!).

It's my seventh photo to reach 800 views , fifth to reach 900, fourth to reach 1,000, third to reach 1,250 views, and second to reach 3,000 and 4,000 views on Flickr! Also, my first to reach 50 Favorites (thanks!).

-Added to theCream of the Crop pool as most favorited.

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Afulki, allysdad, Levi♥sar, and 154 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. bangkok_diary 82 months ago | reply

    Wow . I love this shot of the milky way .

    Seen in Wow discussion thread.

  2. 82 months ago | reply

    Oh my god...!!!

  3. Diegokun 81 months ago | reply

    Wow, you got me speechless =O

    Beautiful pic

  4. laura's worlds 78 months ago | reply

    WOW amazing SCI-FI mood!!
    You are invited to post it to The Asimov Club pooland meet other Asimov fans

  5. BLB. 77 months ago | reply

    wish i was there

  6. The Final Degree 76 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Outstanding Photos (World Wide), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  7. pompey shoes 75 months ago | reply

    OMG! WOW! Speechless.....

  8. f650biker [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

  9. Arjen Stilklik 62 months ago | reply

    Excellent and very instructive!!

  10. sipazigaltumu 59 months ago | reply

    INVITE to post photo...
    I think this photo is a Super Shot

    Please add your photo to www.flickr.com/groups/supershot/
    After you add it to the group pool, please tag this photo as a SuperShot

  11. SirPecanGum 59 months ago | reply

    Well done! Thanks for the commentary.

  12. 0olong 42 months ago | reply




  13. Floveyou [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    that is awesome!

  14. n_i_n_i 38 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot

  15. mlhradio 34 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on receiving more than 10,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 5000' group to the 'Views: 10000' group, which can be found here: www.flickr.com/groups/views10000/

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 5000' group that receive more than 10,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)

  16. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Wonderful Photos!! :) <3

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