Startrails over Koornlandskloof
Koornlandskloof Guest Farm is located in the Roggeveld Mountains, approx. 35 km northwest of Sutherland, South Africa (32° 13' 34" S, 20° 20' 48" E, elevation approx. 1300 m) and run by Lampies and Aret Lambrechts. Due to its altitude and the arid climate, the night sky is of exceptional quality. |
The startrail image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud above the farm house (which I illuminated with a white LED flashlight). The bright star to the right of the LMC is Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky.
|Camera||:||Canon EOS 350D|
|Lens||:||Tokina 4/12-24 mm @ 17 mm, stopped down to f/6.3|
|Date||:||2006 March 3/4|
|Site||:||Koornlandskloof Guest Farm, Northern Cape Province, South Africa|
|Processing||:||Dark frames were acquired separately after the last exposure. The raw images were converted to FITS and then processed according to my usual CCD routine. Image conversion: dcraw; dark correction, coaddition and digital development: IRAF; post-processing and perspective correction: Gimp|