During my recent outing in the Brecon Beacons at night, I had three places to shoot from in mind on Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. The final one was at the lake or pond on the saddle of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. It was 1:30am when I reached it but clouds were quickly coming in. I set up the camera and ran a couple of test shots to check composition and exposure. Once they were correct, with the camera in landscape orientation, I shot a photo. I then panned up and shot another one and another. My aim was create a photo that was large and covered a lot of the night sky. Once I had taken this series of shots, the clouds were well and truly in so I headed back home. On the PC, I stitched the three photos in PTgui – with a lot of input from me as it couldn’t find any control points – and processed as usual in Photoshop to create the following image below. The only thing I’m disappointed with is that the clouds have obscured the lovely Milky Way clouds.
A little later, I spent a few hours with Stellarium on one LCD and this photo on the other to find out which constellations I had captured. I was amazed to find I had captured so many and even the Zenith and beyond! The Zenith is the point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer. That means if I had shot another two photos, I would have captured the land behind me! As it is, the photo shows a huge portion of the sky! The width of the photo is 114 degrees which is roughly 1/3 of the 360 degrees all around! (Apologies for all the exclamation marks, but I find it so interesting and amazing!)