Galactic Center from Sutherland, South Africa
July 25, 2013
While working on a documentary film about astronomy, I was granted opportunity to spend a week at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, South Africa. Each night, I was able to practice taking long exposures with my Canon 60D. This shot my first night out, using a Tokina 12-24mm on the widest field of view, 5000 K, F4, for 30 seconds. The density of stars overhead, the intensity of the light is such that I felt as though I could hear the celestial sphere breathing above me. I have only experienced this a few times in my life. It was so good to experience it again.
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.