The dark nebula “Barnard 142” in Aquila

Under a dark sky it’s great to see the shooting stars, the Milky Way, to enjoy the sound of the night crickets and other wildlife. And to shoot some pictures of the stars! Our family holiday in Castellet-en-Luberon allowed me to do all of that. This picture is a relative wide field taken with a Nikon 180mm F4 and FF camera Nikon D750. You can find Altair as the brightest star (Aquila constellation), and the familiar stars above and beneath Altair (in this picture right and left). In the middle of the picture a dark spot can be found, a dark cloud of dust and gas obscuring the starfields of our Milky Way that lie in the distant background. It’s called Barnard 142 after the catalogue of the US astronomer Edward Barnard (1857-1923). He also discovered the fastest moving (apparently) star in our skies (in Ophiuchus) which was called Barnard’s star.

40×30″ at ISO400

No guiding, darks or flats were used for this image. A full-size version can be found on my Astrobin site.

The Pleiades again

Sleeping during a workweek is important! so this image was made unattended – counting on good luck. At the start of the session around midnight the sky was still covered with some high cirrus. At least the street lighting was already switched off.

Image data: Nikon 180mm tele F5.6, no filters, 82x180seconds or about 4 hours of data. It proves the interstellar nebulae are also visible from light-polluted area’s without the use of filters.

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