The Crescent Nebula, the roughly round thing in the bottom-right if the image, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. Its form is due to a the fast stellar wind from a star colliding with and ionizing the slower moving wind ejected by the same star when it became a red giant around 400,000 years ago.
You need a very dark sky to see it and a big telescope. It is very faint and the eyes are not enough sensitive to the red light. There is only one site from where I saw it : the Col de Restefond in south-eat of France. One of the very best astronomy spot in the country. At 2500m high and far from the city lights the sky is awesome and we can see a lot of object better than anywhere else.
27 exposures of 10 minutes. Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor. Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3. Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor. Outside temperature : 2°C Sensor temperature : 6°C Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, processing with Iris. Location : Col de Restefond, France
It takes 430 years for the light from Polaris (the north star) to arrive on earth... It travelled all that way to get sucked into the lens of my camera and chucked into my gallery...
306 photos stacked ontop of one another, then a panoramic making up the lower part.
F/3.5 - 8sec exp - ISO800 - About 40mins of the earths rotation.
As you can imagine it is pretty boring standing in a field for 40 mins in the cold... what really made it painful was the church about 30 meters away from me decided tonight would be a good night to ring its bells constantly for 30 of the minutes...
I recently returned from a 5-day backpacking trip around Zermatt in the Valais Alps of Switzerland. The area close to the Italian border is THE summer eldorado for climbers and skiers with the highest located summer skiing region in the Alps.
The valley above Zermatt is dominated by the famous Matterhorn; probably the most recognized mountain in the world but Zermatt offers more than that and is surrounded by 38 4,000m (13,123+ft.) peaks. Some of which are seen here on the one colorful sunset I witnessed from an opposing ridge.
The peaks (from right to left) show the Täschhorn, Dom and Hohbärghorn, illuminated by the light show caused by a small window in the otherwise rainy sky.
There was a meteor shower not long ago, so we went to shoot it. When I saw the full-moon-lit sky, I decided to give that up and go for something different... This huge statue served as the radio antenna; 3 hours of startrails provided the radio waves
Canon 60D Canon 10-22mm @10 All natural moon light The dead sea, Israel.
The third quarter moon rises on the horizon and enters the "half pipe".
I made a big mistake with this startrail. For the second time in a row I forgot to dial in my custom white balance. The camera tries its best but the auto white balance setting leads to unnatural star colours. Until I get around to manually changing the white balance on all the RAW files this will have to do for now.
Some of you may be wondering why I didn't have my astrophotography setup out on a good night like this. The truth is I have had a back/hip problem for the last two weeks and I physically can not lift the heavy mount. Hopefully recover soon.
Canaon 60D Tamron 10-24mm @ 10mm Aperture F/3.5 ISO 800 245 times 30 second exposures Stacked in "startrails.exe" Final processing in PS CS3