Milky Way setting over Koornlandskloof

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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.

At an ambient temperature of 0°C the dark current of the EOS 350D was low enough to permit a single 32 min exposure. Scorpius is setting "upside down" on the right-hand side of the image; the brightest trail is Jupiter. On the left, partly hidden by a tree, are the trails of α and β Centauri. The indoor lighting of the farm house appears greatly exaggerated; in reality, it was hardly enough to affect my dark vision.

Camera Canon EOS 350D
Sensitivity ISO 800
Lens Tokina 4/12-24 mm @ 20 mm, stopped down to f/8.0
Date 2007 October 08
Exposure 1x32 min, automatic dark subtraction
Site Koornlandskloof Guest Farm, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Processing Gimp

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