19. 01. 2007, 22:25

It is very difficult or rather impossible to create images that are able to express the complete experience of being alone in lonely mountains sitting on the top of a high mountain and observing a magnificent comet. Although the images show the comet better than I was able to see with my eyes, one think is missing. The feeling of empty space around me. Therefore I created the following two images. The first one showing the countryside was taken just after sunset with 28 mm wide-angle lens (full-frame chip camera). Into the second image I merged an exactly aligned image of the comet taken 85 minutes later.
Click on the image or on the following reference to display the higher resolution image version (1.8 MB, PNG format).

Date19. 01. 2007
Time22:25 local time (1:25 UT, 20. 01. 2007)
PlaceTop of a mountain in Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
CoordinateS 35° 29.35', W 70° 53.51', altitude 2233 m
OpticsTamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD (setting 55mm, ap. 2.8)
CameraCanon EOS 5D
Exposure20 s (ISO 3200)
ProcessingDark frame and flat-field image applied
Copyright© 2007 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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