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
Sensitivity ISO 800
Lens Tokina 4/12-24 mm @ 17 mm, stopped down to f/6.3
Date 2006 March 3/4
Exposure 3x10 min
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

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