A starry night in Tongariro National Park, the oldest protected area in New Zealand and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From a dark site over Lake Rotoaira just south of greater Lake Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, the southern Milky Way and our galactic neighbors Large and Small Magellanic Clouds stands above the horizon, defined by snow capped Tongariro volcano (1967 m). Bright stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri are at the upper right, and the Southern Cross and the prominent dark nebula known as the Coal Sack are visible below them. Continue down along the Milky Way to find Carina Nebula, a large red emission nebula easily detectable in the southern sky. The south celestial pole is near the center of this panoramic image. © Tunc Tezel



comments (4)

  • Sharon Tschaikowsky Reply

    Verrrry nice indeed Tunc, amazing shot! 🙂

    Where in New Zealand was this pic taken??

    January 10, 2011 at 9:33 am
  • Sharon Tschaikowsky Reply

    sorry tunc…on my last comment I meant to ask when was this pic taken?? 🙂

    January 10, 2011 at 9:40 am
  • Wayne Darnaby Reply

    Tunc…Very nice image of the starry sky. What camera and lens were you using. How about the exposure time and f/stop? Super image !!!! I am in Central Florida USA.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:59 am
  • Tunç Tezel Reply

    This is panorama consisting of six 30-second pictures in the form a 3×2 matrix. I took the pictures with a Hutech modified Canon EOS 5D at ISO 1600 and a 24 mm f/1.4 lens at f/2. I registered this panorama composite using PtGui Pro and finishing touches with Adobe Photoshop.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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