Milky Way in Auriga to Canis Major

Date & Time: Jan 12 2013, from 23:14 to 23:38 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: TAMRON 17-50mm F2.8 (f=17mm, Aperture: F3.3)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Digital Camera: Canon EOS 550D (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(5184 x 3456)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800

The Milky Way in winter looks very indistinct because the area corresponds to opposite side of Milky Way in summer in which the Galactic center is included. Perhaps it's comparatively hard to appreciate it unless you're blessed with extraordinary good transparency condition at suburban areas. However many emission nebulae are bathed in the Milky Way in winter.
Moreover, the vicinity contains seven bright stars over 1st magnitude of all twenty stars included in the celestial sphere, and very striking constellations like the Orion are paralleling.

Autumnal Milky Way taken with whole-sky camera

Gemini to Cassiopeia

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