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Antares | by NFLD Stephen
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Here is my attempt at photographing the star Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi region. Antares is the brightest yellow star in the frame. Nearby is the Crab Globular Cluster (M4). The Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex is one of the nearest star-forming areas. I particularly like the dark dust lanes - these are regions of interstellar dust which are so dense they block the light from the rest of the nebula and background stars.


Stack of 83 light frames 60s exposures at iso 1600

Unmodified Canon 5dmkIII

Canon 70-200 F4L IS @ 150mm and F5.6

Skywatcher HEQ5Pro mount (no guiding).

I found this a bit difficult since at my latitude on the date the photo was taken Antares only reaches approx 14degrees above the horizon. And with short hours of darkness and some trees/hills in the southerly direction from where I shot, my exposure time was very limited. I'm pleased with this overall though for a first attempt!

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Uploaded on June 22, 2021