Central region in the Galaxy

Date & Time: (GB image) Apr 27 2012, from 25:04 to 25:17 JST(+0900), 4min. x 4shot
(R image) Apr 27 2012, from 25:22 to 25:39 JST(+0900), 4min. x 3shot
RGB composed of 2 images
Optical: AF zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm (f=85mm, Aperture: F4.0)
with R64 filter (R image)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(4256 x 2832)
Device size...FX format(36 x 24mm)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800(GB image), ISO6400(R image)

A close-up image of summer's Milky Way rising in southern low sky. You can see the Lagoon nebula (M8) in Sagittarius at upper part of image, and several reddish nebulae are paralleling along the galactic plane. Almost all of those cannot appreciate with eyes, but you'll be fascinated by brightness of uncountable fine stars and complicated flows of dark nebulae through portable binoculars.

Miky Way & a shooting star

The flowing Milky Way in summer

Copyright(c) 2012 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
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