Zodiacal Light 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.

In October, the zodiacal light is easily visible as a glow stretching from the western horizon through Scorpius and merging with the Milky Way. It is bright enough to severely impact deep-sky photography in this part of the sky.

Camera Canon EOS 350D
Sensitivity ISO 800
Lens Tokina 4/12-24 mm @ 12 mm, stopped down to f/5.6
Date 2007 October 11
Exposure 5 min, automatic dark subtraction
Site Koornlandskloof Guest Farm, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Processing Gimp

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