Friday, February 7, 2014

Auriga widefield on Acros

Auriga widefield on Acros by S Migol
Auriga widefield on Acros, a photo by S Migol on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
A widefield image taken at Calstar 2013 showing the dark clouds of the Milky Way. Several open clusters step higher in the frame.

I was finally able to identify the starfield as Auriga after having it platesolved at Astrobin. It is centered on the nebulosity around M38 and IC 410. The whole field starts with M35 in the lower left and the diagonal line going up from right to left shows M37, M36, and M38. In the upper right corner are Barnard 15, 16, and 17. The nebulosity slightly south and right of center is IC 417. The brightest star at the top is Capella.

Shot on Acros 120 film with a Pentax 67 camera using the 165 mm lens at F4. 40 minute exposure - as all the Acros at Calstar was this duration. Scanned with Epson V700 and curves in LR5.