Monday, March 7, 2011

Beautiful skies outside the city

As I mentioned in an earlier post I recently moved out of the large city I've been living in for the last 10 years.
I didn't move far away (about 10 km) but the difference in the sky is amazing. I now live on the outskirts of a fairly small town and with my back to it there is very little light pollution to obscure the night sky.

Even though it's fairly early in the evening (around 9:30 in the evening) I was still able to capture this amazing picture of the sky (click to embiggen, although I had to resize the image to reduce the file size).

It's a 30 second exposure so the stars aren't as clearly defined as I'd like, but they do move a bit during that short interval. I'll take some better images at a later time, but this was mostly to illustrate the difference between my prvious home and here.
You can see how polluted the sky was at my previous home in my post about light pollution where the 5 second exposure (second to last image) contains barely any stars at all.

This is going to be awesome.