Observation by Dr Ollie Garrett: Milky Way from Pic du Midi Observatory

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Dr Ollie Garrett


Dr Ollie Garrett


2016 Aug 25 - 20:56


2017 Dec 30 - 14:24


The Milky Way
Ptolemy's Cluster (M7)

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Field centre

RA: 17h42m
Dec: -29°34'
Position angle: +7°39'

Field size

50° × 38°

  • Canon 550D DSLR
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens

30 secs f4.5 ISO800


Pic du Midi Observatory, Pyrenees, France

Target name

Milky Way


Milky Way from Pic du Midi Observatory

About this image

This is one of a series of pictures (looking SSW across the Pyrenees towards Spain) captured during a visit to the Pic du Midi Observatory in 2016. Conditions were remarkable with excellent sky quality, seeing and transparency.

The image is a single 30 second exposure from a tripod mounted and unmodified DSLR so the stars are trailed and parts of the galaxy are not very well resolved. Having processed my images, I was quite shocked by the level of light pollution in the view from a remote mountain top at an elevation of nearly 3000 metres!

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