“Flowering Milkyway”

Nikunj Rawal
Location of photo
Mount Abu, India
Date/Time of photo
1st June 2017 at 00:30 am
Canon 1100D Camera with Tokina 11 mm lens on a fixed tripod
Visiting 1.2 meter 'Visible-Infrared Astronomical Observatory', Dept of Space, Physical Research Laboratory at 5,500 feet height at Mount Abu over Aravali Mountain Range, Rajasthan, India is worth inspiring, exciting & memorable for a lifetime. Planet Saturn with star Antares in Scorpion and Milkyway was rising after midnight at 22 degree latitude of India. It was a cold breeze under dark starrynight. I wanted to shoot a beautiful rose flowers plant and milkyway both in one shot. It was a dark night so asked my colleague to throw an extra light in frame. Those remote lights is a city of Mount Abu and a peak of Aravali Mountain is visible at horizon. Full night stay, Inversion Atmospheric Layer, Understanding functioning of IR Telescope, Observations of SuperNovas, Spectroscopic analysis, Dark Starrynight, Awesome milkyway, Delicious food and wonderful people there are unforgettable experience.
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Nikunj Rawal

About Nikunj Rawal

Astronomer and Astrophotographer, Nikunj Rawal is an experienced Instrumentation Engineer by profession. He is an Amateur Astronomer from his childhood with astronomy his strongest passion. In 2009, he decided to capture the beauty of night-sky through camera and telescope, till then he has been travelling to various dark-night places in weekends and shoots the celestial bodies. He has his own 8" SkyWatcher Dobsonian SYNC GOTO Telescope, through which he observes and makes records of various celestial bodies. Along with Astrophotography, he also shoots whatever he likes to shoot with photographic vision.
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