Enchanted Skies


Sagittarius Wide Field (imaged near Fort Davis, TX)

The Big Dipper The Big Dipper


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The summer Milky Way hosts a myriad of bright nebulae and star clusters. Many such objects occur in or near the constellation Sagittarius. I received a 100mm f/2 lens for Christmas, and decided to capture a swath of our home galaxy. The image contains the bright nebulae M8, M20, M16 and M17 as well as the open clusters M18, M21, M23, M25 and NGC 6605.

All of these objects are readily seen with binoculars or a modest telescope. Larger telscopes show more subtle details. The image also shows several dimmer and dark nebulae.

The image was taken at the 2014 Texas Star Party.

Clicking the above image will bring up an image with a higher resolution. Mousing over the linked image shows the location of the deep sky objects in the image.



Canon T2i (type 1 modified)
Misc. Optics:
Canon EF100mm f/2 lens.
Color: 26 x 104 seconds @ ISO 1600
Through NexStar @ f/5 using GuideDog and a ToUCam.
Images converted to tifs using Photoshop CS3. Nebulosity used to stack the images. Additional processing (curves, sharpening) with PS CS3. Spikes added using Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)