The Andromeda galaxy (M31) as seen from the south hemisphere just above the trees.
The orange star on the top right corner is Mirach a red giant (MO III) that is roughly 200 light years away from our Sun. It's the brightest star in the constellation.
The satellite galaxy M32 is visible just touching the top of the trees.
The trees are moved because a tracking mount was used to avoid star-trails.
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The Milky Way arches above the landscape with the Magellan Clouds visible to the left.
The "tire tracks" from the red giant Antares in Scorpius to the center of the Milky way are clearly visible.
The first part of the Milky Way shows the constellation of Crux really low in the sky with the dark patch of the coalsack nebula next to it. Then Alpha & Beta Centauri can be seen as a bright pair before Scorpius and Sagitarius.
Domes of light pollution from nearby cities and towns can be seen at different parts of the horizon
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A vertical panorama showing some of the highlights of the south hemisphere sky.
From top to bottom Alpha & Beta Centauri. Alpha is the third brightest star in the night sky and it can be seen how it contrast in color with Beta Centauri.
Then the dark Coalsack nebula and the constellation Crux, the southern cross. Gamma Crux is a Red giant and the color can be seen contrasting against the other stars.
Below Crux the Eta Carina Nebula, a bright nebula that can be seen with the naked eye from dark locations.
A fog filter was used to make the stars bigger, a nice side-effect is that the stars don't get saturated and the real color of each star is preserved. I used a Tiffen double fog filter.
I also stacked a star-8 filter to add the spikes in the brightest stars.
All done in camera without any special processing just stitch the shots.
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Planet Venus setting on the west in the middle of the bright cone of Zodiacal Light. Zodiacal light shows sunlight reflected on dust particles in the plane of the Solar System, from earth it is seen as a cone of light along the ecliptic, the path of the Sun, Moon and planets in the sky.
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The Milky Way as seeing from the South Hemisphere in the winter in a 180 degrees view. The bulge towards the center of our galaxy is directly above the head of the observer. This image helps to determine which deep sky objects are prominent to the naked eye, the Lagoon nebula and the small sagitarius star cloud are easy to see from a dark location with the naked eye.
The two bright stars on the far right are Alpha and Beta Centauri.
The Small Magellanic Cloud can be seen at the bottom of the photo.
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