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Hey guys, I'm new here and thus question has been on my head all day. Tell me your thoughts! The light pollution is p******* me off!
Hello, The link below is a round up of the southern sky in January from the point of view of Wellington in New Zealand. We’ve tried to capture a bit of a cultural flavour too with some of the night sky descriptions that are relevant to Māori. So if anyone is heading down to the Southern Hemisphere in January then be sure to have a look at some of the objects - if you’re already in the Southern Hemisphere, you might find it useful too. Here it is :The January 2018 Night Sky. Sam
This is a very wide angle image of the Night Sky looking east toward Norwich (hence the orange glow) Unfortunately i forgot to take it in RAW so there is a bit of noise evident I used the wide end of a Sigma 10-20mm EX lens on a Canon EOS 60D
This year has been a horrible year for stargazing for me. This is due to the unbearable cold which is why my postings have been few and far between. I have taken my telescope out a few times but have come back inside with little except unbelievable pain due to frostbite. My husband and I are planning a vacation in the south to escape the winter's clutches for the end of April. Teaching as far north as I do (James Bay) means that we do not have a March Break like other schools, but need to wait until the geese fly north which signals the traditional hunt for the aboriginal people of this region. Since I a non-native I pack up for a well deserved vacation but where to go? My husband was thinking of heading to Barbados which is not quite at the equator. I'm assuming that the southern skies will not be visible at that latitude. I often wish to look at the night sky and be utterly bewildered. Imagine, not have one recognizable constellation, see a sky never seen before and experience the same awe one feels when first looking at the stars as a youngster. Have any of you experienced it? Seen the complete opposite night sky that you are accustomed to? Did you try and map the skies right away or did you immerse yourself in the awe of knowing nothing? I guess I should quote my favourite philosopher here: "I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing" Socrates Isabelle
Attention: The quality of this video here has been reduced due to file size restriction. A slightly better version can be found unlisted on YouTube (308mb). Description: A series of time-lapse short videos set in different locations within South Hampshre at night. All scenes were taken between a Bortle 4-5 area, and each clip equates to 5-6 hours in real time. Please check your volume as this video contains music. Equipment / Software: Canon 550DTokina AT-X 11mm - 20mm Vixen Polarie Adobe Lightroom Adobe Premier Pro Special Thanks: Alexander Blu - Background Music ==================== Note: My first time producing a proper time-lapse video. Unfortunately the amount of noise and hot pixels were much worser than expected when I reached the video editing stage, and I need to learn how to apply darks against individual frames en masse. I am not personally satisfied with the final quality, but still thought I should share with what I have on here. Please feel free to leave a comment, critique, suggestions and guidance on here, thanks!
© Alvin Ko
Finally managed to observe the Veil nebula on last Saturday! I remember spending too many hours searching for it during my observations. The milky way band in the morning came up really nice ,almost a continuous band from scorpious to Cassiopeia (managed to see that too!). Thinking about giving veil a last try, we pointed our skywatcher 8 inch dobsonian scope with 32mm plossl eyepiece and lumicon UHC filter and BAM! It was right there, bright enough to show it for first timers too! Looked like an arc or smoke chain coming out of matchstick. All The reports say that Veil nebula is an easy object, but I have had hard time seeing it all this time, while easily observing Flame nebula and Horsehead nebula through smaller telescopes. Maybe it's the real dark skies...or just some plain luck! Clear skies!
At a night sky photo shoot I shot this image with a Canon camera. Looking closer at the photo you can see what I take to be a meteor, but I do not understand the exact duplicate path that seems to show two meteors. The photography teacher was also shooting that night and the image showed up on her photograph the same way. So, I know I did not jostle my camera. It was secure on a tripod as hers was. Any advice on what the image might be or why it is showing as a duplicate line would be appreciated. Thank you, Kathy M.