Southern Cross: The most prominent constellation in the southern sky consists of four beautifully colored stars in a dense star field, only interrupted by one of the largest dark nebulae: The Coal Sack. A huge cloud of dust obstructs most of the light of the stars behind it, thus creating the dark structures, which can be seen in this deep exposure image.

Object Southern Cross
Category Constellations
Designation Southern Cross
Constellation Crux
Optics Sigma Zoom Lens 18-125mm @ 67mm f/5.6
Mount Meade LXD 75
Camera Hutech modified EOS 30D
Exposure 16 x 5min ISO 800, IDAS LPS filter, ImagesPlus for Capturing
Calibration Dark frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Mount Ceder, South Africa - 5 Febr 2008
Remark The four stars of the Cross have been slightly blurred
 
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