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Sagittarius – The Archer
Sagittarius - The Archer
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Objects visible in this photo include:

  • The six named stars in Sagittarius: Kaus Borealis, Kaus Media, Kaus Australis, Nunki, Ascella, and Alnasl.
  • The well-known "teapot" asterism comprising the central portion of Sagittarius.
  • M 24, the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud.
  • The Large Sagittarius Star Cloud.
  • Globular clusters M 22 and M 28.
  • Open clusters M 6, M 7, M 23, and M 25.
  • Bright nebulae M 8, M 16, M 17, and M 20.
  • The Pipe Nebula, B 78, a large dark mass of interstellar matter that obscures the stars behind it. It is shaped roughly like a smoker's pipe.
When you look in the direction of Sagittarius, you are looking toward the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Sagittarius is rich in deep sky objects, and its star fields and brighter nebulae are spectacular. The constellation is a joy in any instrument, from one's unaided eye to the largest telescope.

This image was processed in Photoshop to reduce the effects of light pollution in lower right portion of the photo. The dark feature in the lower right corner is the treeline.

Location: Young's Farm Observing Site (YFOS) in central New Hampshire. YFOS is the dark sky site of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.
Camera: Pentax ME
Lens: 50mm f/1.7 lens at f/2.8
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 200 slide film
Exposure: 8 minutes, tracked with motor-driven barn door camera mount.

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