|Jupiter, Venus and Pleiades - prints available for purchase|
The photograph was taken at Dryandra Lions Village in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, which is where the twice-a-year ASWA Astro Camp is held. It's a nice place to stay if you don't mind slightly rustic accommodation (clean, neat and tidy, but old logging cabins - basic). Very peaceful. I have several more photo's from the trip to process and post yet.
Back to the photograph...
Let's look at this astronomy photograph from a distance point of view.
- In the foreground we have the trees and bushes, 5-50m from the camera.
- After that, we have the nice twilight colours caused by the low sunlight filtering through our atmosphere (let's say 100 km - the edge of "space" as it is defined).
- Then we move on to Venus, the brightest point in the photograph. It was about 102,300,000 km from Earth at the time.
- Moving out to Jupiter, the next closest object in the photograph, it is approximately 867,700,000 km from the Earth.
- Lastly, let's travel to the star cluster of Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters, and Messier 45, among other names), which is at a significantly more distant 3,784,000,000,000,000 km.
That's quite a trip!
This is a very nice photograph, the trees are sharp, as are the planets. The stars are naturally trailed due to the movement of the sky without distraciton. It is a scene we can all relate to - the colours of twilight and the bright stars and planets we see near sunset and sunrise. The photograph would do well on a 80cm print or 1m canvas. I hope to have the opportunity to print it for someone, please contact me if interested in purchasing a product featuring this astrophotography. Prices start from just $18.95.