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This is a 360 degree pano taken from atop of Castle Rock at Castlepoint in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. I made the climb under darkness, which made it somewhat more challenging than normal. Castle Rock stands at a height of 162m above sea level, and the Castlepoint lighthouse is perched 62m above sea level at the opposite end of the beach below.

The galactic core of the Milky Way was rising to the east over the ocean, and the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds can be seen to the left of it. The Zodiacal Light is seen to the bottom right of the sky dome. The 400 megapixel image consists of 32 images all shot at 24mm on a Gigapan Epic Pro.

copyright 2014 | Mark Gee |

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