Southern Cross, Pointers and Eta Carinae

This is a beautiful part of the sky – distinctly southern and also distinctly Australian. I was feeling patriotic at the time, as it was ANZAC Day and so I wanted to capture this image as my small tribute to our service men and women.

It’s the beautiful Crux (Southern Cross) area of the sky, featuring Eta Carinae nebula (top right), the Southern Cross and the Coalsack (middle) and the Pointers (alpha and beta centauri) bottom left. The best globular cluster in the sky (Omega Centauri) also makes an appearance as the bright ‘star’ in the top left.

Southern Cross, Pointers and Eta Carinae

Southern Cross, Pointers and Eta Carinae

Shot with my 50mm lens, no tracking, on a Canon 6D. Just 13s exposure at ISO6400, f/2.8.

Thanks for looking!

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