Sunday, November 3, 2013

Venus Approaching The Teapot in Sagittarius

I've been wanting to get a nice close up photo of The Teapot asterism in Sagittarius, and I'm glad I got a chance before this section of the sky sets for the season. Even in this single frame, you can easily make out some fuzzy blobs to the side. This asterism lies directly over the main swatch of Milky Way, which means there are plenty of interesting things to see in the neighborhood. 

At first, I used my 75-300mm lens on 75mm, and had a calculated field of view of 16° 50' 20" horizontal. I only needed 15 degrees to fit Venus in frame with The Teapot, but I decided to scale back to my 18-55mm lens at 55mm, which gave me a little elbow room on either side (about 22° horizontal FOV).

the teapot in sagittarius
Single frame at ISO 1600, f/5.6, 55mm, 3.2 sec, color adjusted in Photoshop

the teapot in sagittarius
Single frame at ISO 1600, f/5.6, 55mm, 3.2 sec, contrast adjusted in Photoshop

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