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.
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
- Basics of Astronomy (Exploring the universe)
- Sky Tour
- 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
Sagittarius arm of Milky way and other tower of the fort
The golden Mirikot fort with the rising Winter arm of Milky way galaxy along with our neighboring galaxy Andromeda Galaxy
Breath-taking view of the Winter arm of Milky way galaxy rising right from the center of the 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
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