Deep-Sky Photos from Namibia

Manfred Rudolf

The pictures have been obtained with camera lenses from 20mm to 300mm focal length on Ektachrome 200 slide film; exposure times from 10 minutes to 1 hour.

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The brightest trails are from alpha and beta Centauri; the red glow just above the horizon is caused by eta Carinae nebula.

Bright trails to the left: alpha and beta Centauri

(Scorpius, Sagittarius, Ara, Lupus, Centaurus; Mars near the center)

(Note M6, M7 below, M8/M20 near the center and M16/M17 above)

note bright Antares and the globular clusters M4, M80

The spectra are some centimeters to the left of the star trails. Note the green emission line in the spectrum of Gamma Vel (a bright Wolf-Rayet star). Indicated are the names and spectral classes of some bright stars.

View to the southern horizon, with Magellanic clouds and a meteor trail to the right