Photographer's Note

I would like to thank the professional staff of the Mt John Observatory for making my visit to this world renowned site such an informative and memorable experience.
Your journey begins in the town of Lake Tekapo where you board a bus after the sun has gone down. The vehicle turns off all its lights halfway up the mountain so as to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness. When you arrive at the summit the sight of the multitude of stars in the sky is overwhelming. This is a shot of the Milky Way as seen that night.
Born and raised in an urban environment, I never knew the night sky was so crowded with differing shapes and colors. One of the interesting facts I learned from my guide was that what I occasionaly see as a slow moving object in the night sky is not a shooting star but probably a man made sattelite. I was told that there are in excess of 20,000 of these objects floating in space.
This photo would not have been possible without the use of the observatory's tripod or me purchasing specialized software. Their tripod mimics the rotation of the Earth, therefore keeping each star in place. Without this piece of equipment such a long exposure would create star trails which makes for a very unappealing photo. My first few attempts are evidence of this.
Thanks again professional staff of My John Observatory. My visit to your amazing location will be one that I never forget

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Bill Denham (uddedge) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 20] (133)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.0
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • More Photo Info: view
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-09-08 6:12
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Points: 10
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