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1996 Southern Sky Astrophotography

Photo Gallery B

Copyright by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.

In June of 1996, I attended the first annual Southern Skies Star Party organized by Ken Willcox. This event is held in Bolivia along the shores of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet). At that elevation, the southern skies are fabulously dark. Our group of about 22 people stayed at the Inca Ultama Hotel which afforded a large protected area to set up our telescopes for the week.A detailed description of the 1996 Southern Skies Star Party was written by Ken Willcox. You can find additiona information on my SSSP'96 web page.

The following photo gallery gives a sample of the beautiful sights visible in the night sky from the Southern Hemisphere. For additional images, see 1996 Southern Sky Photo Gallery A.



Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.


1996 Southern Sky Astrophotography - Photo Gallery B

SS96/96SS63n
Star Trails
Over Lake Titicaca

(96SS63w)

Cabana and Star Trails Over Lake Titicaca (96SS63w)

The southern stars gracefully arc over a shore-side cabana at Lake Titicaca. The thirty minute time exposure demonstrates the rotation of Earth on its axis by revealing the apparent motions of the stars.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
24mm f/2.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/3.5
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS64n
Milky Way from
Aquila to Sagittarius

(96SS64w)

Milky Way from Aquila to Sagittarius (96SS64w)

The brilliant planet Jupiter (right) blazes nearbly in a Milky Way vista stretching from Aquila to Sagittarius.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
50mm f/1.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS22n
Zeta Scorpius
(96SS22w)

Zeta Scorpius and Star Clouds (96SS22w)

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
105mm f/2.5 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 20 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS45n
Central Bulge
of the Milky Way Galaxy

(96SS45w)

Central Bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy (96SS45w)

Interstellar dust lanes, countless stars and glowing gasses make up the central bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy through Sagittarius.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
24mm f/2.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/3.5
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS10n
Southern Cross
Close-Up

(96SS10w)

Southern Cross (Crux) Close-Up (96SS10w)

The symbol of the southern hemisphere sky, the Southern Cross (Crux) contains a dark cloud of dust called the Coal Sack (lower left). It blocks out many of the stars behind it making it appear like a hole in the southern Milky Way.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
180mm f/2.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 20 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS24n
Milky Way
n. Sagittarius

(96SS24w)

Milky Way through northern Sagittarius (96SS24w)

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
105mm f/2.5 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 20 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS30n
Sagittarius
through Carina

(96SS30w)

Sagittarius through Carina - Super Wide Field Milky Way (96SS30w)

A super-wide angle fisheye lens captures the expanse of the southern Milky Way from Sagittarius and Scorpius through Centaurus, Crux and Carina.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
16mm f/2.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS27n
Southern Cross
and Carina

(96SS27w)

Southern Cross and Carina (96SS27w)

The Eta Carina nebula glows in red hydrogen emission to the west (right) of the Southern Cross (Crux).

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
105mm f/2.5 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 20 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS72n
Milky Way through
Sagittarius & Scorpius

(96SS72w)

Milky Way through Sagittarius and Scorpius (96SS72w)

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
50mm f/1.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS20n
Scorpion's Stinger
(96SS20w)

The Scorpion's Stinger (96SS20w)

The star cluster M7 dominates this view of the Scorpion's stinger.

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
105mm f/2.5 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 20 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak

SS96/96SS66n
Jupiter and
Sagittarius

(96SS66w)

Jupiter and Sagittarius (96SS66w)

Southern Sky & Milky Way (Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)
50mm f/1.8 Nikkor, Fuji Super G 800 Plus, 30 minutes @ f/2.8
Photo ©1996 by Fred Espenak



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