Along with wanting to capture the whole Milky Way sky from Aquila to the Southern Cross, I’ve always wanted to capture the dark shape of the “Emu in the Sky” that’s in the same area of sky and I’ve drawn onto the image to show the shape.
This well known aboriginal story of the Emu was once an important time for the indigenous people of Australia to know when to collect Emu eggs, as they were an essential food source for there people. They used the dark shape of the Emu to guide them during this very important seasonal event…what a wonderful celestial story J
Image taken at my Stardust Observatory with a Canon 6D Mk11 camera and a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens set at 17mm, the camera was attached to the top of a tracking telescope; because of the very wide sky view you’ll also see the planets Jupiter and Saturn plus the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the image.
There were 20 images captured with an exposure time of 1½ minute each with corresponding dark frames, using ISO3200. Images stacked in DSS and processed in PS CS4.
To find out more about indigenous astronomy and the Emu story please go to the links below:
The Kamilaroi and Euahlayi Emu in the Sky
By Robert Fuller
Exploring the Astronomical Knowledge and traditions of indigenous Australians
By Duane Hamacher
Download a Skymap for the Southern Hemisphere at Skymaps.com at: http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html