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Polaris and Star Trails (7 Minute Exposure)
Sagittarius (Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy)
Sagittarius (Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy "Inverse Image")
How have my observation experiences gone thusfar, you may ask ?
I bought the ETX-125EC in July, got one night to view the sky and then haze & humidity moved in for 7 weeks.
A cold front came thru on 09/18/2007 and sent the humitidy packing. I was able to view several objects that night, including:
- Ursa Minor
- Moon (1/3 full) [See Photo - "The Moon"]
- Jupiter (four moons visible)
- Milky Way Galaxy [See Photo - "Sagittarius ..."]
- M8 (Lagoon Nebula)
- M21, M22 & M22 (Star Clusters)
- Polaris (Had a difficult time finding Polaris because Ursa Major and Ursa Minor were hiding behind trees in my backyard. To confirm the position of Polaris, I took a wide field view of that region of space using my Nikon D80 fitted with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. [See Photo - "Polaris and Star Trail"] (Polaris is the stationary star in the photo.)
- M7, M8, M21, M22 & M23 are visible in the 'normal' and 'inverse' photos of the Heart of the Milky Way in Sagittarius. [See Photo - "Sagittarius..."]
Hint: Search "sagittarius constellation" in http://www.wikipedia.com/ to view a star chart that will help identify the Messier objects in the "Sagittarius..." photos.
Check back soon for more photos.