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Zodiacal Light taken from Galloway Autumn Starcamp 2013

The Zodiacal Light is produced by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the solar system known as cosmic dust,  best observed in the western sky in the spring after the evening twilight has completely disappeared, or in the eastern sky in the autumn just before the morning twilight appears.

3 panel mosaic at 12mm

Pentax K5
Pentax 12-24mm f4 DA ED AL IF lens f4.5 at 12mm
Exp 10 secs
iso 6400

Zodiacal Light from Galloway by mikeyscope, on Flickr

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This is something you read about but rarely see. In fact I've never witnessed it directly that I can remember.

What a great image. Could you see it with the naked eye or was it only revealed by the camera ?


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I arrived the night after (unfortunately for me) but Steve did show me an image on his dslr, he said it was easy to see visually so that was why himself and Mike had the time to take the shots. Incredible to see I'd imagine. :-)

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What a great image. Could you see it with the naked eye or was it only revealed by the camera ?


Thanks for feedback ...clearly naked eye, faint at first but steadily brightened and extended all the way up the ecliptic through Mars and extending just beyond Jupiter, witnessed by Steve (dweebostar) standing next to me and he took some images too.

It was very difficult to image unlike the aurora requiring fast iso to stand out from brightening sky background ...but exposures not so long that the sky background drowns the diffuse light out.

Only seen the zodiacal light a couple of times during the 80's  from the hills near Moffat but could never do it justice with slower speeds of film in those days, this is my first UK capture and the brightest and most extended I have witnessed.

Maybe try a re-process at a later date and try to add another frame to the mosaic ...by hand as you can imagine a 12mm lens has quite a lot of distortion for any auto-mosaic program. :smiley:



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