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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.

matwat20, treywingo_25, and 97 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. davedehetre 72 months ago | reply

    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.

  2. Steve-h 72 months ago | reply

    amazing capture -not one you can do in a city!

  3. 72 months ago | reply

    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

    If you would like to have other images solved, please submit them to the astrometry group.

  4. Slow dancin' 72 months ago | reply

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

  5. davedehetre 72 months ago | reply

    @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.

  6. fragglerocks 72 months ago | reply

    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?

  7. Slow dancin' 72 months ago | reply

    fragglerocks They only label major stars, and listed objects; NGC, IC, Messier, etc...

  8. davedehetre 72 months ago | reply

    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.

  9. opensourceway 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks for publishing your work with Creative Commons!

    We've used it in an illustration for

  10. createtoserve 65 months ago | reply

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

  11. Mega Melmo 65 months ago | reply

    Man, oh man. I love this photo. Beautiful.

  12. gregary.albert 55 months ago | reply

    I used the picture on the website 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.

  13. symphony of love 40 months ago | reply

    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,

  14. tlc7550 38 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot! I used this as a collaboration with my own photo:

  15. ElectronicAutomaton 27 months ago | reply

    Great! I used in my blog:

    It's so beautiful. thank you!

  16. crowqueen1 24 months ago | reply

    Used the texture here in my book title page illustration

  17. pareeerica 15 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image

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