Summer Z light | Doug Zubenel

Photographer
Doug Zubenel
Email
nzubenel@kc.rr.com
Location of photo
Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Park, Pima Co., AZ
Date/Time of photo
June 1988
Equipment
This is a 10 minute exposure with a 16mm Nikkor fish-eye lens wide open @ f/2.8 on old Konica SR-V 3200 film.
Description
While it is best seen in the northern hemisphere after dusk in the late winter and early spring in the western sky and before dawn in the autumn sky, the Zodiacal Light can be seen near the time of summer solstice in the evening slanting far to the south from dark skies in the southern US. This image shows Cancer and the Beehive (M44) at bottom center, with the Z light slanting to the upper left of the frame near the comatic image of Spica (Alpha Virginis).