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19 Sep 2018. Not THE best, but my best
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I’m confident that this is not the best photo of the Andromeda Galaxy ever taken. There’s no question about that. Still, it’s the best photo that I’ve shot of this island of stars, and I’m excited about it. 💡
Why the excitement? I took this photo without the aid of a telescope, using my DSLR camera and an old 75-300mm zoom lens, mounted on a very basic star tracker. The exposure time was only thirty seconds! For many years I expected that being able to take anything other than fuzzy and small photos of this astronomical wonder would require a telescope and many hours of exposure time. Yes, I know that to get decent photos involves those things, but for a 30-second shot that I took through a lens that came off my nephew’s old Canon 35mm film SLR, I think I did pretty well. If you are viewing this photo on your phone, you can swipe leftwards to see an annotated version that includes pointers to some dust lanes in the galactic disc, as well as two companion galaxies of M31. Of course, if you want serious images of this galaxy, you can hit Google and search for “Andromeda galaxy images” to see some incredible visual delights. An added bonus was that I caught a meteor’s death as it burned up in our atmosphere.
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Also known as “M31”, sometime around 964 AD, the Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi recorded this galaxy as a “nebulous smear”, and star charts of that period labelled it the “Little Cloud.” Until 1925–less than 100 years ago–the Andromeda Galaxy was still thought to be a nebula–a cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionised gases–that resided in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Following extensive observations and measurements by many astronomers, and some defining work by Edwin Hubble, the matter was settled, and M31 was declared to be another galaxy, external to our own, and at a distance of around 2.5 million light-years from Earth.
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I used the following equipment and settings to get this photo: Canon EOS 6D Mk II camera; Canon 75-300mm lens zoomed to 300mm, at an aperture of f/5.6. The exposure time was 30 seconds at an ISO of 6400, and I had the “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” feature turned on.

-Between walls-

Shot inside Monsanto's Castle

12th century castle atop the hills of Monsanto, in the portuguese district of Castelo Branco. In 1165, in order to building a defensive line and strengthen his presence in the region, D. Afonso I of Portugal donated the area to D. Gualdim Pais, Master of the Templars; a vast region, that extended to the territory of Egitânea (corresponding to Idanha-a-Velha) along the Rio Erges. The castle was constructed in 1171 and donated to the Order of Santiago one year later.

Santa Maria do Castelo chappel at the left

"Amazing Scene... 🌠💫"
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It does look like a flying saucer, but this technologically  advanced structure is not here to deliver the wise extraterrestrial from the scifi classic movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. It is here to advance our knowledge of the Universe though. Shown sitting near the top of a mountain in Hawaii, the dome of the Gemini Observatory North houses one of two identical 8.1-meter diameter telescopes. Used with its southern hemisphere twin observatory in Chile, the two can access the entire sky from planet Earth. Constructed from 85 exposures lasting 30 seconds each with camera fixed to a tripod, the image also clearly demonstrates that the Earth did not stand still. Adjusted to be slighter brighter at the ends of their arcs, the concentric star trails centered on the North Celestial Pole are a reflection of Earth's rotation around its axis. Close to the horizon at Hawaiian latitdues, Polaris, the North Star, makes the shortest star trail. The fainter denser forest of star trails toward the right are in the rising Milky Way.
Image Credit & Copyright: Joy Pollard (Gemini Observatory)
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Repost By @floretta_hoyle

The fire tower and the Big Dipper. This is a four-shot vertical panorama -- and yes, I did augment the stars of the constellation a bit . . . because I can't leave well enough alone. 🤗 .
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📷 Sony a6000 with IR+Visible spectrum mod
Sigma DC DN 16mm lens
BG-38 hot-mirror filter
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~f/1.4
~ISO 800
~20 seconds X 4 frame vertical pano
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Kind of lucky with my test shoot. This one was the first shoot I took for the polaris composition I uploaded later on the week.

It has really been a lazy astro season for me this year. Sometimes it needs some bravery and patience to head out in a cold dark night. Owell, there's always next time 😆 #milkyway #darksky #astrophotography #astrology #starrynight #roadtrip #throwback #holidaydestination #stars #newzealand #ig_astrophotography #travelogue #travelgram #longexposure_shots #longexpo #traveller #lightroom #canonphotography #throwbackholiday #natureporn #nature #naturephotography

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