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Celestial Skies

By pennyspike
I was very pleased to get this celestial equator one dark night and would love to say it's one in camera shot. Instead I processed the star trails by stacking shots taken over 90 minutes, & used the lookout I Lightpainted when out with epz member Diana recently.
I must go back to the lookout when there is no moon & try again.
The star trails were saturated to accentuate the different colours in the stars that we don't see with the naked eye.

Tags: Night photography Dorset Diana Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Celestial equator Night and low light Shepherds lookout Star-trails

Voters: Sean_Dillon, andrewwoolley, mrswoolybill and 18 more

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Sean_Dillon 9 2 2 England
25 Sep 2010 8:06PM
Cracking image, love this and the processing.

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cirrusminor 10 380 3 England
26 Sep 2010 12:50AM
Penny I love it Wink
Makes you go dizzy.... just like a night stargazing!
Well crafted work here Penny, lots of patience needed to get this right.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2010 5:06PM
Well, you fooled me, I thought it was one shot, very impressive.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
4 Oct 2010 10:18PM
errr Penny, tsk tsk the celestial equator can only be seen on the horizon

still a brilliant piece of work though

love the colours in the stars, it looks like they are burning all kinds of minerals in their galactic spin

Love it

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2010 8:15AM
Oh dear Diana,i thought you said it was where the split straight line when the stars went in opposite directions, What's it called then?
This is Penny, on the earthly equator. (Well almost)
Tried to do star trails but it poured with rain,Sad
Only intermiitent internet conection
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Oct 2010 9:21AM
so glad your back Smile it is that spilt yes ....

from Wiki.....

" the celestial equator tilts towards the southern (or northern) horizon. The celestial equator is defined to be infinitely distant (since it is on the celestial sphere); thus the observer always sees the ends of the semicircle disappear over the horizon exactly due east and due west, regardless of the observer's position on Earth. At all latitudes the celestial equator appears perfectly straight because the observer is only finitely far from the plane of the celestial equator but infinitely far from the celestial equator itself. "

I have only ever seen it on the horizon myself

it poured in Prague too Sad

Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
24 Oct 2010 9:07PM
plus...whilst it is still in my brain .....

the celestial equator is divided and calculated by a branch of astronomy called spherical astronomy

the divisions are created by plane surfaces passing through it, which then produce the circles...there are Great circles and Small circles I'll explain more when you are next over to me its a bit complex to type out

see you in November.....



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