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    When I traveled to see the total solar eclipse of 11th July 2010, I stayed in Oneroa village on the west coast of Mangaia, Cook Islands. On my first clear night in South Pacific, 7th July 2010, I was out to find clear areas to see the most of the southern skies. Oneroa and Mangaia in general has a lush green vegetation. There are not many clear areas where you can see most of the sky. This is how the sky looked from a relatively open area just outside Oneroa village.

    Until a week before that night, I had never seen half of the sky in this 3x3 panorama. The brighter stars along the southern Milky Way can easily be picked out. I did not use a diffusion filter (which I normally do); the effects are all natural thanks to hot and humid tropical weather. I used a Hutech modified Canon EOS 5D at ISO 1600 and a 24 mm f/1.4 lens at f/2 to shoot nine 30-second exposures that made this panorama. I constructed the composite with PtGui Pro and made the finishing touches with Adobe Photoshop.

    ** Winner in Earth & Space category of Royal Museums Greenwich Astronomy Photographer Of The Year contest, 2011 edition:

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    1. rzacharias ... always catching up 32 months ago | reply

      Wow !!! What a fantastic view !!! Great shot !!!

    2. pbarcas 32 months ago | reply

      The brightest stars I've seen were in Manitoba, Canada on a fly in fishing trip. I can only imagine what the sky in the Cook Islands looks like in person. Incredible.

    3. Ian M. Hapsias 32 months ago | reply

      Exceptional. Mind blowing

    4. dragongirl5986 32 months ago | reply

      wow, awesome picture :D
      its magical in a way
      truley magnificent

    5. Lee Saborío 32 months ago | reply

      Awesomely spectacular!!!!!

    6. Bridge356 32 months ago | reply

      Who knew there were so many stars?!

    7. bczo 32 months ago | reply


    8. Riccardo Brig Casarico 32 months ago | reply

      Foto molto bella, mi piace !! ottimo scatto !!
      I miei compimenti,


    9. brightsightrads 31 months ago | reply

      Oh God, It's beautiful!!

    10. MOUNTAINCULT 31 months ago | reply

      Excellent work to achive this image. Congrats!!

    11. Nextors 31 months ago | reply

      This is an absolute WOW! Congratulations!

    12. Romain Cassagne 31 months ago | reply

      Perfect capture!

    13. Matt.Dieterich 31 months ago | reply

      So how in the heck did you get to that island lolol!

    14. Osama Moh 27 months ago | reply

      amazing stars

    15. les yeux heureux 27 months ago | reply

      A perfect tropical night...

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