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Milky Way by the Church of the Good Shepherd

This shot was taken around midnight. I just ended my earth and sky stargazing tour at Mount John University Observatory. There were some astrophotographers there and they taught me abit on how to shoot astrophotography. This was shot with my tokina 11-18mm at f2.8 iso 1600, 30 secs. Basically they told me to view on the camera display screen and try to focus on a particular star.

 

In this shot, if you notice there are like two 'clouds' on the left side of the milky way. They are known as the Large & Small Clouds of Magellan which are only visible when there isn't too much moon (crescent moon when i shot). At 170,000 and 200,000 light years, these galaxies are considered satelites of our milky way galaxy.

 

That night was a favourable night to shoot stars as there were no clouds. I decided to take a short drive after the tour to the church as it was an outstanding landmark.

 

The Church of the Good Shepherd was built in 1935. In the day, it is a very popular tourist spot. In the middle of the night however, it was just me, wife and lots of wild rabbits. I could not spend enough time for a perfect shot as my wife was getting scared. I tried my best to get a good shot. I hope you guys enjoyed it

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Taken on July 12, 2013