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I had grand plans for today's TITC. My husband is into astronomy (not to be confused
with astrology) and for Christmas got an impressive beast of a telescope. I was
thinking of taking a picture of it in shilouette against the twilight sky. But when I got home
from work I discovered that a local farmer (not the owner of the sheep that I have been
stalking from time to time) had spread slurry on fields close to our house so I didn't
fancy venturing outdoors more than was absolutely essential.
So here's a shot of a planisphere instead which can be used to track the position
of the stars throughout the year.
We are lucky that there is little light pollution where we live so we enjoy great
views of the sky at night. Twice we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights-
a totally unforgettable sight.

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Máire Uí Mhaicín13-Mar-2010 19:57
I missed this on the day. An ingenious and clever idea, and very well presented and explained. And I agree with you, I wouldn't have ventured out to enjoy the slurryscented pastures either!
Keith O'Brien12-Mar-2010 22:22
Excellent DOF and composition - boldly going where no camera has gone before!
maggie_falconi12-Mar-2010 20:21
Wonderful shot, crop and composition Mairead!! V
Alan K12-Mar-2010 19:49
Good fallback image! Alas I'm entirely software based and have Starry Night Enthusiast V5.0; wouldn't photograph quite as well.
Norbert Fortelny12-Mar-2010 19:40
Great entry.
Nora van Beek12-Mar-2010 17:25
Wonderful composition and DOF. Excellent work! ~V~
slhoornstra12-Mar-2010 17:16
A beautiful image, happy stargazing!1 V
globalgadabout12-Mar-2010 16:45
checking the view towards the south comp and excellent DOF...V
LynnH12-Mar-2010 12:23
Super POV, looking over this wonderful map. Great idea!
Neal Nye12-Mar-2010 12:23
Excellent choice for the challenge.
Antonio Ruggiero12-Mar-2010 11:21
Ottima Photo....Bravo..........
Blandine Mangin12-Mar-2010 08:23
very beautiful ! v
Colin Storey12-Mar-2010 08:20
Great choice of a shot for space, I would love to see the northern lights, amazing sight I should think.
Luca Zanoni12-Mar-2010 08:07
pisces is my constellation... :)
Maaike Huizer12-Mar-2010 08:03
That is great. And very interesting. Good composition and angle too.
heather12-Mar-2010 07:29
Beautifully captured Mairead.. superb detail! V
Betty Vlasiu12-Mar-2010 06:05
Good capture! V
wendy beard12-Mar-2010 04:13
This is perfect!
Dave Hein12-Mar-2010 03:55
Very nice. With a moonless weekend coming up I have plans for a sky shot myself if things stay cloud free around here.
lou_rozensteins12-Mar-2010 03:33
Terrific idea for a "space" shot. Well done.
Cindi Smith12-Mar-2010 03:29
Awesome idea! And, I will see the NOrthern Lights one day. I hope you got some pictures. That would be spectacular to see!
Timothy Guenther12-Mar-2010 03:17
Great entry (works for astrology, too.)
J. Scott Coile12-Mar-2010 01:41
I too have little light pollution. The Norhern Lights for me is a dream. Would love to experience that first-hand some day.
carol j. phipps12-Mar-2010 00:40
Terrific! I like astronomy, too.
laine8212-Mar-2010 00:30
Hmmm, well no chance of me seeing the Northern lights...not even the Southern Lights. I like your choice for space.
pkocinski11-Mar-2010 23:43
I envy your dark skies. The Northern Lights are so awesome! Great image.
Ray :)11-Mar-2010 23:36
Ah, I have a Planisphere like this somewhere too! But its nearly 50 years old! Maybe your husband would like to see a book my Dad has - a diary of stargazing published around 1912!
I've yet to see the Northern Lights - a little jealous of my brother seeing them - from a cockpit of an airliner over Canada!
Jola Dziubinska11-Mar-2010 23:21
Superb framing and idea.
Phillip Normanton11-Mar-2010 22:47
Well we can't smell it from a photo... I think you should go out and shoot the 'scope ;o))) This looks very techy and impressive though!
Stephanie11-Mar-2010 22:37
This is a terrific entry for the challenge Mairead! Simply wonderful DOF!
The Northern Lights are amazing ~ we saw them out in the middle of nowhere in the Loire Valley last year.
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