It’s that time of year again, where the majestic constellations with nebulae appear and the galaxies and clusters set for another year. Just to show what you can do with an ordinary camera, I set my Canon® G12 camera for a single 15 second exposure and aimed it at Orion (the Hunter). The results are below.
Next time, I will zoom in a little closer. The f2.8 lens on the G12 is really wide.
The scene below was taken shortly after sunset, but the glow you see is from the town of Yucca Valley, about 17 miles from the GMARS dark sky site.
I really enjoy these months (except for the cold) because the air is very calm and the Milky Way is clearly visible to the naked eye.
If you would like to come out and join me and other members of the Riverside Astronomical Society, you can find more information here. There is no charge for using the facilities, just bring yourself and have fun stargazing!
– Ex astris, scientia –
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