Monthly Archives: February 2015

A classic but a goodie – Southern Sky

Southern Sky - Southern Cross, Pointers and Eta Carina. Also including the Coalsack dark nebula and thousands of Milky Way stars.

Southern Sky – Southern Cross, Pointers and Eta Carina. Also including the Coalsack dark nebula and thousands of Milky Way stars.

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This field of view might be a very familiar one, but I’m not sure that anyone ever tires of seeing it! This was taken a couple of weeks ago on a somewhat clear night. The lingering bits of cloud and other atmospheric effects have combined to give this image a nice diffuse appearance which has retained the beautiful star colour, and added variation in colour.

The pointers (Alpha and Beta Centauri are on the left, with the Coal Sack and Southern Cross to the right, and Eta Carina Nebula with Southern Pleiades further to the right.

I was messing around using my Fuji X-E2 on the night, seeing what it could do. This was a bunch of 30 second exposures. The camera was great fun to use for astrophotography although no without it’s hitches.