Of all the nights I hunted for a good pic on the current visiting asteroid Vesta - which is visible with the naked eye - it turned out that this pic on the 23rd was the best. Vesta is huge and has a diameter of 530km/330miles. I did a reverse image to make it softter on the eye. For the star gazers, the huge spot in the right low corner is Jupiter with Scorpio visible directly above to the top. I hope somebody out there loves the stars like I do.
I was pleasantly surprised by the low noise of my Canon at ISO 1600.
Location: Leeudoringstad, South Africa (GoogleEarth - 27°14'14.91"S 26°14'25.23"E)
Cold hearted orb
That rules the night
Removes the colours
From our sight
Red is gray and
But we decide
Which is right
And which is an Illusion
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
Thank you for comments and visits to "African color of healing..."
Jun 1, 2007 12:25:04 pmby odie Homepage »
Wow... that is awesome. I love viewing the stars and pointing out the constellations. Ursa Major and minor being the most obvious to us. My favorite has always been Orion the Hunter. I believe we can see Venus some mornings. Thank you for this glimpse 'Under African Skies'. I love the song you chose but am currently singing Paul Simon... lol :0)
Jun 1, 2007 12:38:57 pmby Margana Homepage »
Love how the words to that song go so well with your capture. I remember the first time I saw Saturn through a telescope. I was shocked. It looked like someone had stuck a sticker of it in the sky. I didn't expect to see it so clearly...lol. Thanks for the interesting upload, Piet and great to 'see' you back. Have a lovely weekend. -M :^)
Jun 1, 2007 12:47:30 pmby tizjezzme Homepage »
I need to crack the astrology books, for I know not much about the stars. I do, however, love to lay in the grass at night, out here in the country; and gaze. Preferrably with someone who could teach me a few things about what I'm looking at :) Great to see u back piet. I've missed you. xx
Jun 1, 2007 1:07:48 pmby elmurray Homepage »
Welcome back Piet, I've missed you! I love looking at the stars and often make a wish on a shooting star! The best ever experience I had was not far from your part of the world - Namibia. We were walking out at about 10pm and the sky was lit up with so many stars that I could not believe my eyes. They were so large that you felt as if you could reach up and touch them. It was the most amazing experience and one I will never forget! I was so mesmerised I didn't think to take a picture, even though my camera was around my neck. And that is not like me, because if it moves I take a picture of it!! Thank you for sharing this night sky with us and, once again, welcome back.
Hugs. Eileen xx
Jun 1, 2007 1:51:08 pmby helanker Homepage »
I have allways felt the sky was fascinating to look at, and to heare about atronomy, I do find very interesting. I even have a star binocular or what you call such one. Though I havent used it much... im not very good at it. I have to prior my time for what I burn mostly for and i have a whole lot of interesses. HAHA I love to play with Google earth too, but that is more to look at our world.
Jun 1, 2007 4:54:18 pmby shahlaa Homepage »
I am also a lover of the stars and very interested in our solar system...this is fantastic and I am so happy you shared it with us...it's amazing that some people look up in the sky at night and see things that they don't even know that they are seeing...but then there are people like you, my friend...who can explain it to us. Thank you for sharing.