Milky Way over the Monasterboice Dolmen 4th Sept 2013

Milky Way over the Monasterboice Dolmen 4th Sept 2013

Call me an 'eejit', but at midnight last night, I packed the car & went out to view & image the night sky. The fact that there was no clouds in the sky was quite unusual of late, but for there to be no moon either, I had to head out. I went to the nearby Monasterboice dolmen & stayed there for a while, before heading down to Baltray. I ended up chatting away to an astronomer called Philip for ages before I ended up at the high crosses at Monasterboice. So by 2:30am, I managed to get back home. Was I mad? - probably, but did I enjoy the trip? - absolutely.

Look closely & half way up the image in line with the top right edge of the dolmen, you will spot an elliptical object in the sky. This is the Andromeda galaxy or M31 [our closest neighbour galaxy].

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Canon)
Camera Lens:
Focal Length: 16 mm
Exposure: 30 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 3200














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