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Messier 22 Region in Sagittarius | by Noctcaelador
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Messier 22 Region in Sagittarius

Taken after the midnight hour on June 29th the region of Messier 22 reveals a transition from the dense Sagittarius Star Cloud to a relatively less dense population to its east. The opening to the Great Rift can also be seen in the upper right of the image. Dark nebulae while not as impressive as those to its west are nevertheless interesting and intricate.


This image employed the use of the 400MM f/4 SMC Takumar lens and 6x7 body. The system rode piggyback an equatorial instrument for the 40 minute exposure at f/5.6. Fuji Neopan Acros was used to collect the delicate starlight onto acetate film.


This frame is part of an ongoing series of long exposures on traditional materials dedicated to the work of Edward Emerson Barnard, the father of Milky Way photography.

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Taken on July 21, 2014