Alex Hawkinson gazingoutwards
The North Star⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is Polaris, often referred to as the “North Star” or “Pole Star”. It is simply the star that is bright enough to be visible to our naked eyes that happens to be closest in the sky to the polar axis of rotation for our planet. It’s not very bright to our eyes (48th ranked in terms of brightness), but its location in our sky has made it a tool for humanity. It never sets in the Northern Hemisphere, and the stars in the night sky appear to spin around it, enabling anyone who recognizes it to have a reliable reference point for which way is North during the nighttime. Swipe to the 2nd image to see this effect in action. This essential attribute has made it an indispensable tool for explorers (including amateur astronomers like me). Coincidentally, it is also the closest Cepheid variable star to us, which means it could also be used by life in other galaxies to figure out the distance to the Milky Way! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Polar alignment with the spin of the Earth is one of the most important steps for astrophotographers, and that always begins with roughly aligning your telescope mount with this star before doing more refinements to align it to the exact axis of Earth’s spin. Polaris itself isn’t much to look at (at least in my image of it), but it deserves our appreciation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find all of my new work on Instagram or Facebook gazingoutwards. I hope you enjoy it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gear and shot details: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Borg 107mm refractor at 420mm focal length and f/3.9. Hobym Crux 170 mount with QHY367C camera, with Optolong L-Pro light pollution filter. Off-axis-guiding with ASI290mm-mini guide camera. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 15x60 sec subs, calibrated with flats, darks, and bias frames and processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ nightsky astrophotography astronomy apod universetoday nightscape starrynight astrophoto nightimages nightpics nightshooters natgeospace messier deepsky pixinsight longexposure nightphotography lookup lightpollution deepspace space telescope backyardastronomy OPTeam yourshotphotographer practicalastrophotographymagazine
Alex Hawkinson gazingoutwards
The North Star⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is Polaris, often referred to as the “North Star” or “Pole Star”. It is simply the star that is bright enough to be visible to our naked eyes that happens to be closest in the sky to the polar axis of rotation for our planet. It’s not very bright to our eyes (48th ranked in terms of brightness), but its location in our sky has made it a tool for humanity. It never sets in the Northern Hemisphere, and the stars in the night sky appear to spin around it, enabling anyone who recognizes it to have a reliable reference point for which way is North during the nighttime. Swipe to the 2nd image to see this effect in action. This essential attribute has made it an indispensable tool for explorers (including amateur astronomers like me). Coincidentally, it is also the closest Cepheid variable star to us, which means it could also be used by life in other galaxies to figure out the distance to the Milky Way! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Polar alignment with the spin of the Earth is one of the most important steps for astrophotographers, and that always begins with roughly aligning your telescope mount with this star before doing more refinements to align it to the exact axis of Earth’s spin. Polaris itself isn’t much to look at (at least in my image of it), but it deserves our appreciation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find all of my new work on Instagram or Facebook gazingoutwards. I hope you enjoy it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gear and shot details: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Borg 107mm refractor at 420mm focal length and f/3.9. Hobym Crux 170 mount with QHY367C camera, with Optolong L-Pro light pollution filter. Off-axis-guiding with ASI290mm-mini guide camera. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 15x60 sec subs, calibrated with flats, darks, and bias frames and processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ nightsky astrophotography astronomy apod universetoday nightscape starrynight astrophoto nightimages nightpics nightshooters natgeospace messier deepsky pixinsight longexposure nightphotography lookup lightpollution deepspace space telescope backyardastronomy OPTeam yourshotphotographer practicalastrophotographymagazine

The North Star⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is Polaris, often referred to as the “North Star” or “Pole Star”. It is simply the star that is bright enough to be visible to our naked eyes that happens to be closest in the sky to the polar axis of rotation for our planet. It’s not very bright to our eyes (48th ranked in terms of brightness), but its location in our sky has made it a tool for humanity. It never sets in the Northern Hemisphere, and the stars in the night sky appear to spin around it, enabling anyone who recognizes it to have a reliable reference point for which way is North during the nighttime. Swipe to the 2nd image to see this effect in action. This essential attribute has made it an indispensable tool for explorers (including amateur astronomers like me). Coincidentally, it is also the closest Cepheid variable star to us, which means it could also be used by life in other galaxies to figure out the distance to the Milky Way! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Polar alignment with the spin of the Earth is one of the most important steps for astrophotographers, and that always begins with roughly aligning your telescope mount with this star before doing more refinements to align it to the exact axis of Earth’s spin. Polaris itself isn’t much to look at (at least in my image of it), but it deserves our appreciation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find all of my new work on Instagram or Facebook gazingoutwards. I hope you enjoy it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gear and shot details: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Borg 107mm refractor at 420mm focal length and f/3.9. Hobym Crux 170 mount with QHY367C camera, with Optolong L-Pro light pollution filter. Off-axis-guiding with ASI290mm-mini guide camera. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 15x60 sec subs, calibrated with flats, darks, and bias frames and processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ nightsky astrophotography astronomy apod universetoday nightscape starrynight astrophoto nightimages nightpics nightshooters natgeospace messier deepsky pixinsight longexposure nightphotography lookup lightpollution deepspace space telescope backyardastronomy OPTeam yourshotphotographer practicalastrophotographymagazine

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