Hunting the Teapot

I have always wanted to see the Sagittarius “Teapot” from the UK, but never have done. You need a very dark sky and a very clear low southern horizon. Our recent Wales visit gave us the dark skies, but not the low horizon (too many hills!).

Anyway, last night, couldn’t sleep again. One palliative for this is to go for a walk. It was 03:30 AM and Sagittarius was just about culminating, so on with the dressing gown and boots for a trek to the bottom of the garden where you can see a low southern horizon. I also put my camera in my pocket, just in case. I knew where the “Teapot” was – between Jupiter and Saturn, but the Moon was up and it was just beginning to get light.

So, Jupiter and Saturn and Antares were obvious, but could only see the odd star where the “Teapot” was supposed to be – nothing resembling a teapot!

Out with the camera to see if a bit of image processing would show anything. After a bit of fiddling with the exposure, I got an image that might have potential.

So here is the processed image, and I am quite pleased with it. The elongated line near the teapot is a plane. Still haven’t seen the “teapot” visually though!


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