Location of Photo:
Roma, Queensland, Australia
Date/Time of photo:
3:19 am 25/12/2011
Canon 5DmkII with Canon 14 mm f/2.8L II lens on an Astrotrac Travel System equatorial mount and pier. 2x 301 second exposures at f/4 and ISO 800. Field of view is approximately 104 degrees (horizontal).
This center of this 104 degree (horizontal) widefield photo points towards the South Celestial Pole (east is left, west is right). The comet “Lovejoy” with its two tails is a magnificent sight at 27 degrees long, adjacent to the Milky Way galaxy. The Southern Cross (Crux constellation) and Pointers (Alpha/Beta Centauri) are featured slightly left of center, while the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud are to the right of centre. The stars Canopus and Achernar feature in the top-right and bottom-right of the photo. The yellow (east) and green (west) glows are from the morning twilight.