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Starry, starry night...

My latest photo on Flickr, a nighttime shot of this evening's stars from my backyard, taken with an "Ultra High Contrast" (or "nebula") filter I bought a while ago...

Starry, starry night....

I could not have gotten that much detail with the light pollution here in town.

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Added: 5 years, 5 months ago
5 years, 5 months ago
I see the Coathanger!  That would make Sagitta the lazy Y to its lower left.  Vulpecula, the various stars just above it and through the center of the image; actually, I think you caught nearly all of the Little Fox.  Albeiro in Cygnus, the bright star in a direct line from the Coathanger through the two stars to the cluster's* upper left.  Epsilon and Zeta Cygni on the far left mark the Swan's wing, and Epsilon and Zeta Aquilae on the far right about a quarter of the way up the image are the tip of the Eagle's wing.  It looks like you just missed Altair and its companions off the bottom.

* Yes, I know the Hipparchos telescope found the Coathanger isn't a real cluster of stars. ;p

And that's enough showing off by me.  Truth be told, until I recognized the Coathanger, you could have been showing a deep field photograph of some place in Leo Minor for all I knew. :\  Also, there still seems to be a hint of light pollution remaining in the picture (although hardly as horrid as it would have been without the filter).  Doggone people and their mistaken belief that sloppily lighting up the night improves safety and security! :(
5 years, 5 months ago
It's a good picture, though, better than my attempts in the past at such a photo.  (Over a decade ago, actually, when I was still messing around with my first camera.  Of course, I wasn't as knowledgeable and hardly as passionate as you are as I was basically just puttering around with a camera tripod I'd found in my parents' stuff by seeing if I could make an astrophoto or two.)
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