Zodiacal light 360° panorama
This mosaic shows a 360° panorama of the zodiacal light. All used images were taken during one night
from two different observing places on Mauna Kea. The first observing place was optimal for observing
the western horizon. Paralactic mount was set on this place and 120 s long exposures (F4, ISO 1600)
were taken in the time interval 19:35 - 04:28 HST. It was necessary to change the observing place for
observing the eastern horizon. It was not possible to set a mount at the second observing place and
therefore 30 s long exposures were used (F2.8, ISO 3200). |
The resulting image is displayed in ecliptic coordinate system using equirectangular projection (see the
higher resolution image version or
full resolution image version).
The vertical axis represents ecliptic latitude. The horizontal one represents ecliptic longitude (upper
scale) or elongation (lower scale), respectively. The upper scale has its origin in vernal equinox, the lower
in the center of the Sun. The shift of these two scales was about 13,6° during the observing night.
The gegenschein in zodiacal light has elongation of 180°. Planet Saturn was very near to its
opposition and therefore was inside the gegenschein (about 2.7° over ecliptic). Planet Venus (western
elongation 35°) was shining near the eastern horizon.
It is worth mentioning that Subaru telescope building (lit) and the pair of Keck telescopes are
visible near the western horizon (right) and lights of Hilo are (the intense yellow area) are visible under
the eastern horizon (left).
Click on the image or on the following reference to display the
higher resolution image version (1.0 MB, PNG format).
|Time||02. 04. 2011, 19:48 - 03. 04. 2011, 04:46 HST (local time)|
|Place||Hawaii, Big Island, Mauna Kea|
|Coordinate||N 19° 49.37', W 155° 28.19', alt. 4230 m|
|Conditions||Excellent, clear sky|
|Optics||Canon Fisheye lens EF 15mm 1:2.8|
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D (Hutech Ia modification)|
|Exposure||56× 120 s (F4, ISO 1600) and 13× 30 s (F2.8, ISO 3200)|
|Copyright||© 2011, 2012 Miloslav Druckmüller, Shadia Habbal|