Scorpius is a Zodiacal constellation otherwise known as the Scorpion. It is one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (Wikipedia). Scorpius remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).
Scorpius (abbrev. = Sco; genitive = Scorpii) covers 497 square degrees or 1.20% of the celestial sphere making it the 33rd largest constellation. It contains 167 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Antares. See the Scorpius Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars.
- Object: Scorpius
- Date/Time: 2011 June 03 at 04:36 UTC
- Location: Hotel Inca Utama, Huatajata, Lake Titicaca, BOLIVIA
- Mount: Celestron CG-5 GT
- Lens: Nikkor AI 28mm f/2
- Camera: Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)
- Field of View: 43.4° x 29.8° at 30.1 arc-sec/pixel (web version: 169 arc-sec/pixel)
- Exposure: 2 x 240s, f/2.8, ISO 800 and 120s, f/2.8, ISO 800 with Cokin A830 Diffusion Filter
- File Name: Sco-01w.jpg
- Processing (Adobe Camera Raw): Vignetting Correction, Noise Reduction, White Balance, Curves
- Processing (Photoshop CS5): Average Images, Curves, opacity (with diffusion image)
- Original Image Size: 3454 × 5179 pixels (17.9 MP); 11.5" x 17.3" @ 300 dpi
- Rights: Copyright 2012 by Fred Espenak. All Rights Reserved. See: Image Licensing.