August 23rd, 2012 10:27 PM
An awesome accidental picture
So last night in the middle of nowhere (Cotulla) TX I took advantage of the extreemly dark sky and took some pictures with my Nikon D3100 of the Milky way. This was taken with ISO 3200, F 3.4, and 30 sec exposure. OK now for the cool part...I noticed this particular part of the milky way seemed very bright so I looked it up. At pretty close to the azimuth last night at 10 pm. as viewed from Cotulla TX was Sagitarius which happens to have an interesting portion of the milky way contained in it. Gentlemen, I give you the center of our galaxy. :) Yes I am a huge NERD!
August 23rd, 2012 10:29 PM
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August 23rd, 2012 11:43 PM
August 24th, 2012 02:31 AM
It would help me a lot, if you could include a "YOU ARE HERE" arrow!
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August 24th, 2012 04:28 AM
Looks like you could almost reach up and touch it. The problem is the galactic center of The Milky Way is about 25,000 light years from earth. That would be 145,000,000,000,000,000 (quadrillion) miles from earth. I've an interest in this sort of thing myself. One of the most interesting classes I took in college was The Solar System. Learning about astronomical units, light years, supernovas, red giants, white dwarfs and neutron stars was so interesting. It is amazing how big and dense these things get.
August 24th, 2012 07:13 AM
I thought Zaphod Beeblebrox was the center of the galaxy. No wait, that was the universe. Sorry. Nice pic!
What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?
August 24th, 2012 07:44 AM
Very cool pic indeed. I am also a kind of star gazing guy myself since I was a young lad.
Looking into the sky you can see the wonders of our Creator in place for us to ponder.
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August 24th, 2012 07:48 AM
Originally Posted by Hiram25
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August 24th, 2012 07:56 AM
Grouping is pretty bad on that. Might want to adjust your front sight post. Those holes seem to be all over the place.
August 24th, 2012 07:58 AM
I have a meade lx200 (12") We spend many hours gazing. My den computer is set up to remote the scope and we have the camera feed going to our flat screen TV in the living room as well as the laptop. When we have guests over we might have it tracking saturn or Jupiter. Nicer than just watching a TV show while you have guests over.
August 24th, 2012 08:37 AM
Up here in Montana, during a nice, clear and dark winter sky we can see that same scene--it is breath-taking and I could stand there for a long time simply taking it in. (as long as I am dressed appropriately).
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August 24th, 2012 08:45 AM
Neat Photograph ~ Hey we're coming into the 2012 Mayan Calendar Galactic Alignment with the very center of the Milky Way.
Too bad there won't be anybody around to see your photos in 2013.
August 24th, 2012 09:13 AM
I used to work around Cotulla Tx.
August 24th, 2012 10:29 AM
Like watching golf on a black and white tv...
"pans for 3 minutes on grey sky... while somebody whispers into the mike... good shot for birdie par par bird"*
good picture... just prefer the constellations to stand out more... clean your lens.
I'm just being bad today...
it's a great picture ..
if you like that sort of thing...
*Bill Cosby (on golf)
It could be worse!
August 24th, 2012 01:36 PM
Yup. I've spent many nights out at the lake looking up at that very same scene. Can't beat it, especially when you're 70 miles from the nearest streetlight.
Originally Posted by Chaplain Scott
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