The Rho Ophiucus complex seen in the middle of clouds.
This area of the sky is so interesting and colorful that even a single shot between the clouds will show the different colors of the nebulas.
The bright red/orange star is Antares.
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An experiment with a Tilt-Shift lens in astrophotography. Taken under a full Moon the scene looks like daytime but the Orion Belt and M42 the great Orion nebula are setting on the left of the photo.
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On the left is Mimosa the second brightest star in the constellation Crux, the southern cross at Magnitude 1.25 is the 19th brightest star in the sky.
Very close to Mimosa there's a blood-red star, that's DY Crucis a carbon star! Carbon stars are the reddest stars in the sky. Mimosa and DY Crucis are a beautiful blue-red pairing in the sky.
On the right side of the photo lies the beautiful star cluster known as the "Jewel Box" (NGC 4755). The cluster is centered around Kappa Crucis an orange star contrasting with the other members of the cluster.
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The Great comet of 2011 C/2011 W3 Lovejoy as seen from Rural Argentina on the morning of December 23th 2011. It's a fantastic naked eye view with the two tails clearly visible.
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On dark nighst from the south hemisphere the Large Magellan Cloud can be seen with the naked eye as a bright blob among the stars. The LMC is a semi-irregular galaxy satellite of our own Milky Way. It's about 160.000 light years away from us and contains millions of stars!
At the LMC there's a bright nebula knonw as the Tarantula nebula because its shaped like a spider. In this photo the Tarantula can be seen as a bright blue/green spot on the top right of the LMC.
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