Star-tue of Liberty – Amazing likeness to iconic New York landmark spotted in Nebula
It’s the STAR-tue of Liberty, an amazing likeness of the iconic New York landmark has been spotted in a cosmic nebula.
The uncanny doppelganger of the French-made guardian of freedom was spotted by amateur stargazer Terry Robinson near his home in Melbourne, Australia.
Canadian Terry – who emigrated Down Under in the 1980s – took this stunning image of nebula located in the constellation Cariana.
Systems analyst Terry used a 10-year-old telescope he built himself to take the picture which was captured over 28 twenty eight exposures at 1,800 seconds each.
Terry said: “The Statue of Liberty picture has some interesting qualities.
“When I started to get some data, I was pleased with the resulting image. It was quite a striking and different and had all the qualities that I love with black and white photography.
“What I like most are the areas of high contrast mixed with the subtle vales flowing throughout.
“The combination of both the dark and defined vanes mixing with the equally interesting little vanes and textures. The universe is truly awesome. I love this stuff, and the only way I can travel the cosmos, is through the images we capture.
“I have been into astronomy and anything space related for as long as I can remember. I still have vivid memories of watching the Apollo landing with my father on a small black and white TV.
“We could never afford a telescope when I was younger, but that never stopped that incredible feeling from simply looking upward with amazement of the universe above.
“Photography has always fascinated me. The notion of somehow capturing these wonderful views is something I always wanted explore.
“I still have my first 35 mm camera I purchased while in university. In fact, it was my first camera I used to start both general and astrophotography.”
Terry, 53, who originally came to Australia to complete a post-graduate degree, said a typical astronomy jaunt involved a one-and-a-half-hour drive into the bush.
He said: “I also do a lot of my astrophotography from our back yard, which is located 15 km from the city centre.
“The Statue of Liberty image was taken through a narrowband filter. The filter I used is perhaps the most popular of the narrowband filters used by astrophotographers.
“It enhances contrast by reducing the broadband light which helps to reduce the amount of noise in the image. The downside is that very long exposures are required.
“Each exposure used in the Statue of Liberty image are 30 minutes long, and the more you have, the better the result.”