Milkyway galaxy from Ranikot fort – Pakistan

Ranikot Fort is located in Sindh about 250Kms from Karachi. I went once for a day trip and loved the place. I found that was no light pollution in that area so it should be perfect for #Astronomy and #Astrophotography. I like to travel and love to stay up at night observing galaxies and nebulas. In Oct 2015, I led a group of 50+ Astronomy enthusiasts from Karachi Astronomers Society (aka KAS) to Ranikot Fort to teach them Astronomy and Astrophotography while giving them a practical experience of the night sky and a memorable experience of lifetime.

Mirikot Fort, Sindh, with rare sight of Milky Way Sagittarius arm and Perseus arm

Mirikot Fort, Sindh, with rare sight of Milky Way Sagittarius arm and Perseus arm. Photo by Author

I planned the whole trip (Trekking and Astronomy sessions throughout night) that included trekking to a fish pond about 5 KMs away from Mirikot Fort (where we stayed night). It was a bit hot during the day as it was October but as the night progressed, the temperature dropped and winds increased.

We had the following sessions

  1. Basics of Astronomy (Exploring the universe)
  2. Sky Tour
  3. Observation of planets and galaxies

This post is about the photos so I am posting some of the shots.

Tower of the fort and the Perseus arm of Milky Way galaxy along with Andromeda galaxy

Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy at Ranikot Fort

Sagittarius arm of Milky way and other tower of the fort

The Sagittarius arm of Milky way galaxy.

The golden Mirikot fort with the rising Winter arm of Milky way galaxy along with our neighboring galaxy Andromeda Galaxy

Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy at Ranikot Fort

Breath-taking view of the Winter arm of Milky way galaxy rising right from the center of the fort

Milky way galaxy and Ranikot Fort

Can you identify a fuzzy plate like structure on the top left of the above Photo? That is the Andromeda Galaxy. How does it looks like? See below 🙂 Shot by me during same night.

Bonus Shot: Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy from Sindh, Pakistan

Want to experience?

If you want to have such an experience, you can contact me via me@abubakershekhani and I will take you from there. I post about my trips and workshops on my Facebook  page. Click here to visit my Facebook page.

Want to see more?

Visit my Facebook page Milky Way album

Abubaker Siddiq Shekhani

Abubaker Shekhani is an IT Entrepreneur and Full Stack Developer. He is the co-founder and the Developer behind Mytabeeb, a health care solution. He has worked for 3 years in Microsoft Dynamics AX space with Techno-functional role and lucky to be one of few Microsoft Dynamics AX developers in Pakistan. He is TEDx speaker and likes to speak in public. He is an Astrophotographer and has captured Milky way and other night sky objects. He is the founding member of Karachi Astronomers Society. He is a Bonsai Artist and a Gardener. He can be reached at me@abubakershekhani.com.

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