The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way arch emerging from the Cerro Paranal on the left, and sinking into the Antofagasta’s night lights. The bright object in the center, above the Milky Way is Jupiter, somehow elongated due to the panoramic projection. The Magellanic Clouds are visible on the left side, and a plane has left a visible trace on the right, along the Vista enclosure. Technical Details Camera: Nikon D300, Zoom Nikon 14-24mm/2.8 at 14mm, f/2.8 800 ISO, 2 minutes exposure time(each frame), dark frame in camera.Tracking with a portable equatorial mount. 7 pictures in portrait mode, taken on 2008/09/22 around 04 UT, are stitched together to produce this panorama. Perspective is some kind of cylindrical projection.