stars

 

I think this is the image that best expresses how dark it is in a zero light pollution location.

 

there's nothing special about it otherwise. just that it shows what the sky actually looks like. it's not dark, as such, because there's so many stars.

 

this is a shot mostly straight up, with a 20mm lens. showing the Cygnus constellation and the milky way behind it. possibly parts of Cassiopeia. you can see andromeda lower right.

  • David DeHetre 5y

    if you want to get the full effect, see the full size version. I uploaded a special big one so as not to compress out the stars.
  • Steve-h PRO 5y

    amazing capture -not one you can do in a city!
  • astrometry.net 5y

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(346.637519531, 61.6050936599) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(23:06:33.005, +61:36:18.337)
    Orientation:64.46 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:54.63 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :62.16 x 41.35 degrees

    Your field contains:
    The star Polaris (αUMi)
    The star Caph (βCas)
    The star Schedar (αCas)
    The star γCas
    The star Alderamin (αCep)
    The star Ruchbah (δCas)
    The star Altais (δDra)
    The star Alfirk (βCep)
    The star Errai (γCep)
    The star Navi (εCas)
    NGC 7822
    NGC 224 / Great Nebula in Andromeda / M 31
    IC 1396

    View in World Wide Telescope

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    If you would like to have other images solved, please submit them to the astrometry group.
  • Ken Wetzel 5y

    Even with my 12x60's I don't see Andromeda as well as this. I need to get to a dark site!
  • David DeHetre 5y

    @slow: yeah, it's a no brainer. it makes things real easy. I don't even feel like I got a single good shot last night, technically speaking. the tracking was all wrong, and focus, etc... but still: many of the best images I've ever gotten, and all down to the darkness.
  • fragglerocks 5y

    you need to get to Scotland :)

    great shot, how come there's a zillion stars in the picture but the astrometry people only name a few?
  • Ken Wetzel 5y

    fragglerocks They only label major stars, and listed objects; NGC, IC, Messier, etc...
  • David DeHetre 5y

    I think they also have some sort of cap on the number that they label. probably a flickr restriction of some sort about overloading with note tags.
  • opensource.com 5y

    Thanks for publishing your work with Creative Commons!

    We've used it in an illustration for opensource.com
    opensource.com/education/10/10/source-wars-blackboard-set...
  • Adam Figueira 4y

    FYI, I just used this image in a composite for my little brother. Thanks for using a CC license, and check it out!
  • David DeHetre 4y

  • Mega Melmo 4y

    Man, oh man. I love this photo. Beautiful.
  • Greg Albert 4y

    I used the picture on the website www.1000DateIdeas.com under post DATE IDEA #130 The Milky Way . Thanks for making this photo available under a Creative Commons License. You’re given credit for the photo with a link back to your page. Thanks again.
  • BK 2y

    Thank you so much for this great shot and for making it available under Creative Commons License. I have used it with a quote from Norman Vincent Peale at Symphony of Love.

    Infinite Gratitude, Blessings, and Love,
    BK
  • Terrah 2y

    Awesome shot! I used this as a collaboration with my own photo:
    Moonlit Milkyway by tlc7550
  • ElectronicAutomaton 1y

    Great! I used in my blog: hemlocktime.com/2013/09/01/love-me-cos-you-want-to/

    It's so beautiful. thank you!
  • Louise Stanley 1y

    Used the texture here in my book title page illustration
    Title Page - The Flame Owl by crowqueen1
  • Parée PRO 3mo

    Wonderful image
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