Night 2017 - IMG_7570
"The Last Atreides"
Taken on the dunes near Lancelin, Western Australia on 23/12/2017 - this image shows the quiet landscape with the summer night sky ascending from the eastern horizon. Many deepsky jewels of the night sky are revealed here with the help of a modified DSLR camera. On the left are the Pleides and California nebula, then heading to the right are the Orion nebula and famous Horsehead nebula, the Rosetta nebula, while the Vela supernova remnants and the bright Carina nebula are on right hand side where I am standing.
Alas, when I was taking the bottom right pane of this mosiac, a car's headlights lit up the sky and the dunes (why it looks like the sun is rising on the bottom right horizon - its just the cars high beam lights). Annoying - the colours bottom right are all washed out because of it. Oh well...
This is a 30 panel mosiac, with a tracking mount for the sky and turned off for the foreground, all camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour calibration and some stretching with Pixinsight, levels, saturation and contrast in Photoshop.
| 2017-12-23 | Dunes near Lancelin, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 50mm | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 57sec | 30 x panels |