Crater, Hydra, Canis Major, Lepus, Orion, Taurus and Pleiades above Terneuzen   72182
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Location: Terneuzen, Waterfront (70 m)      by: Mentor Depret
Area: Netherlands      Date: 2018 02 25 11:09 PM wt
Riddle solved.

Who can pinpoint following stars?
a. Rho Orionis
b. Theta Canis Majoris
c. Lambda Hydrae
d. Omicron Tauri
rule: the pointer should be placed about 1 mm right of the star and annotated by a1,b1, c1, d1 by a first reader, or a2,b2,c2,d2 by a second reader if he/she has different opinion.

****I uploaded a new processing in black & white resulting in much more stars visible on this 500 px pano.
In particular:
- the 4 stars of the riddle;
- the tail of Hydra and the complete constellation of Crater at left;
- Orion's bow and the abundance of stars in and around this constellation;
- Canis Major in the middle and Lepus left-below Orion;
- Hyades and Pleiades clusters;
- the V-shaped head of Taurus;

Canon Eos M6 with EF-M 18-150 mm, 9 pics Raw, 22 mm (35.2 mm KB), iso 500, f 5, 10 s, PTguiPro, 15284x3722 458.5 MB TIFF, no crop, downsized 2050x500 472 KB JPEG.

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I did as you wished. Personally I find your sky too bright, which, near the horizon, of course is due to light pollution. But in these areas the faint stars you made visible can by no means be seen with the naked eye (as should be expected at that focal length). And in the darker areas the contrast between the sparkling stars and the 'black velvet' of the background is more pronounced than in your picture. So what I see here is the result of image manipulation and not reality. KR Wilfried
2018/03/01 09:38 , Wilfried Malz
@ Wilfried. The locations are correct, my congratulations. But I would like to express my disappointment with your comment. First, the moon was above Orion when I shot the pano which meant extra light into the sky especially high in the middle. Secondly, I wonder what is wrong with processing the pictures to make the stars better visible? That is what Nasa does, that is what every photographer does with enhancing techniques what so ever,... that is what you do too. On a 500 px pano, it is already a difficult effort to show a starry sky and it is even more difficult above an intensely lighted area as Terneuzen city is. Thirdly, most of the 'clear' stars on the pano you can see with the naked eye on a dark place. So to conclude that this is not the reality, I disagree. I for one can sometimes distinguish most of the Canis Majoris stars from my apartment when seeing is very good.
2018/03/01 11:25 , Mentor Depret
An excellent work and very valuable panorama, Mentor ... and I share your assessment.

"In the Middle Ages, people believed the earth was a disk, and scientists who claimed otherwise were excommunicated!" Let's remember that only 25 years ago Rome rehabilitated Galileo Galilei - so don't be fooled ;-) ...

Cheers, Hans-Jörg
2018/03/01 13:22 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
@Christoph: I have stated my view about photography in my portfolio. If photography were no more than painting, I wouldn't need it. And if I am never able to show reality as it is, I should at least try to get as near to it as possible. That's my credo.
@Mentor: Sorry, if I have disappointed you. I shall refrain from similar comments in the future and simply be silent. And, by the way, I don't like Nasa and other "enhanced" pictures of the sky, either. My passion has always been nothing but observing the sky and feeling awe about ist splendour.
2018/03/02 09:02 , Wilfried Malz
Interessantes und gut gemachtes Rätsel sowie eine interessante und aufschlußreiche Diskussion.
2018/03/02 12:09 , Heinz Höra
@Wilfried. If science was only limited to what the naked eye can observe of the starry sky, we would still have no idea of what the cosmos is. We would not even know what the Milky Way is and that all the stars we see are very nearby (max 3000 light years) and belong to the Orion Arm.
2018/03/02 15:17 , Mentor Depret
****I uploaded a new processing in black & white resulting in much more stars visible on this 500 px pano.
In particular:
- the 4 stars of the riddle;
- the tail of Hydra and the complete constellation of Crater at left;
- Orion's bow and the abundance of stars in and around this constellation;
- Canis Major in the middle and Lepus left-below Orion;
- Hyades and Pleiades clusters;
- the V-shaped head of Taurus;
2018/03/03 01:31 , Mentor Depret

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