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I love how that even in trail form some objects in space are fairly easy to identify with just a little knowledge of the night sky.
So here is a challenge. See if you can identify all the objects on the following list in this image. Most are very easy but others might take a little longer to identify.

1. The Moon (and no, not the one in my logo)
2. Venus
3. A Plane
4. A Satellite Flare
5. A Meteor
6. Sirius
7. Orions Belt
8. Betelgeuse
9. Orions Sword
10. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters)

Some things that might help you:
- This is a seven hour star trail so some objects have had time to travel through the frame completely while others finish in the frame.
- I live in Australia so if you are in the northern hemisphere things might appear upside down and back to front to how you normally view the sky.
- This is looking East.

How many can you spot???

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1. The Moon should be very obvious as the biggest and brightest trail.
2. Venus is the next brightest trail just to the right of the moon
3. The Plane is running across the center bottom of frame.
4. The Satellite Flare is at the top of the frame running across the trails
5. The meteor is at the bottom right of frame. There is also a very small one right at the top of frame to the left of the Satellite
6. Sirius (The brightest star in the sky) is the bright trail starting just to the left of the meteor
7 and 9. If you look jest down and to the left of the Satellite you should spot a cluster of stars whose trails end along the same line. This is Orion's Sword (home to the Great Orion Nebula). Just below and slightly to the left of the Sword is Orion's Belt which is the three stars of a similar brightness that end in a line.
8. If you draw a line from Orion's Sword to the end of Venuses trail that line should cross the end of a bright, reddish trail. That is Betelgeuse.
10. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) was certainly the hardest one and is the wide, diffuse, blue trail just below the trail of The Moon.
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Photographer
A fabulous image and enjoyable puzzle! I didn't know (and still don't) how to distinguish the look of a meteor from the satellite flare -- I guess maybe the meteor trail ends a bit more suddenly and asymmetrically at the bottom, but the difference is pretty subtle. I missed Orion's sword -- expected it to be closer to the belt than it was. And yes, the Pleiades was too hard for me, without consulting a star atlas. Great work, again!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh and Thank you :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you liked the challenge and the image. Satellite flares and meteors can be very hard to distinguish sometimes. The advantage I have with this image is that I have all the individual frames to look at. A meteor will be in one frame and not the next, but for a satellite flare you can generally see the satellite moving through multiple frames either side of where it flares.
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dev-shooter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Greg, I'm completely shocked. This is amazing and especially when you got accustomed to one pole star trail. Here is two poles star trail. I could only write in superlatives. VERY WOW xD
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you like it :D Thank you.
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badnan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   Photographer
wow!!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
LOL, I didn't even attempt. It hurt my head too much. ;P Amazing shot. :-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: :D Thanks.
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Zeroth57 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A great shot and tutorial. I spotted about half of the questions, but missed few being from the northern end of the planet (Canada). Thanks again.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you like it mate :D Thanks
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DanielleMiner Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Starath Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
:confused: This is the first time I've seen the phrase "Satellite Flare". Can someone explain what it means?

Well, aside from the moon and meteors I have no idea where anything else is in this photograph. It reminds me of the rings of Saturn, though, if we couls see rings from the planet's surface. :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the great feedback :D A satellite flare or as it is more commonly know an Iridium Flare is when sunlight reflects off a surface (like the solar panels) on a satellite. This leads to a brightening of the otherwise faint satellite.
I'll add the solutions to the objects in the description.
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Starath Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Ooooh. I think I've seen this before. I commonly spot satellites in our night sky, but once and awhile there is one that is much brighter than usual. Then it kind of vanishes. :O It's spooky.

Yay solutions! :dance: I like it when I know things.
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Zoomer58 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Oh gee, Greg, why don't you give us a real challenge? (lol) You must have pretty dry air this time of year down there to pull off a seven-hour shot without the lens dewing over.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha (I have now added the answers to the description) :D It was one of the best astro weather nights I have ever seen. Not a drop of dew anywhere.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
:love:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Same as below, got the first five then my brain seized up :D :clap:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha Thanks :D I have now added the answers to the description
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Problem was, I hate standing on me head :D
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artamusica Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I managed the first five, but trying to pick out the constellations upside down and back to front in this trail form is just a bit much for me to sort out. Betelgeuse and Sirius will be brighter, of course, but finding the Pleiades in all that? sigh. Great shot though-really love it!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I have now added the answers to the description
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artamusica Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh thanks! I^ll take a look!
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andyhutchinson Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lol - love the spotting game Greg. I can only see the obvious ones though :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate :D I have now added the answers to the description
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BokehLight Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   Photographer
Amazing! Abstract! Surreal! Beautiful!
Greg, this picture is definitely going to my favourites!
Amazing work!!! :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D I'm glad you like it.
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