The Summer Milky Way

I first discovered PJM, Kodak Ektapress Multispeed 640 film during the hey-day of Hale-Bopp. This is an excellent astrophotographic film. The four images below were taken using this film. All the exposures were taken with a 50mm f1.2 Zuiko lens for about eight minutes and were stopped down to f2.4.

The first image was taken straight overhead and takes in the area dominated by Cygnus. There are lots of different nebulas visible in this photo including the supernova remanent called the Veil nebula in the bottom middle, IC1318 near the middle of the shot and the North American nebula, centre left.

Moving south down the Milky Way, we come to Sagitta. Visible here are the globular cluster M71, the planetary M27 and the Coathanger asterism, centre bottom).

The next two pictures take in the base of our visible sky and overlap to a great deal. Notice how the pictures are now suffering from sky brightening due to both light pollution and the general thickness of the atmosphere.

The last photo dips into the trees to the southwest of our observatory. Sorry about the way the photo is aligned, but if you turn your head to the right, everything will look normal. Trouble is, these photos fit the screen better if they are tipped on their side.

All of these images have been compressed. The original scans are medium resolution Targa images. If you would like to see them, I am sure that arrangements could be made to transport higher resolution images.

I have moved the Hale Bopp stuff off-line. If there is something in particular you are looking for, please send me email.

If you should have any experience or tips for scanning slides and negatives, please send email to the address below, I would be glad to hear from you. Getting a good four meg file, to say nothing of a 100K Jpeg, from a nice slide is not an easy task and the learning curve seems to be steep.

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