Attached you will find another new full resolution image from me, an ultra deep shot with my DSLR and Fisheye lens of the southern sky showing the zodiacal band from horizon to horizon, a very intense Gegenschein, and both Magellenic clouds AND the Andromeda Galaxy all in the same shot. Hold on to your seat my friend, this may be the deepest shot of this subject you may have ever seen...
This is the deepest shot of the elusive zodiacal band I have taken yet. In this all sky view, the band cutting diagonally across the frame is dust in the plane of the Solar System, with the bright patch in the band near the top in Capricorn the counter glow - or Gegenschein. Off to the right you can see the LMC and SMC rising, which can here be directly compared with the much smaller Andromeda Galaxy on the left edge of this image. The sky was quite dark here, measuring 21.6 on the SQM meter in the gap between the band and LMC.
Lens: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fish eye at f/5
Platform: Robotic Barndoor II
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800
Location: Winton, QLD, Australia
Elevation: 260 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10
Outside Temperature: 60F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR