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Black Island, Antarctica by Ron Hipschman

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Taken by
Ron Hipschman Ron Hipschman
Explore score
2.35 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 27, 2008
Date taken
Dec 27, 2008

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This island acts as the communication center for Antarctica. All Radio (HF and VHF), data (internet) and TV goes through this island before reaching the main U.S. base, McMurdo Station, a short 20 minute helicopter ride away. The two radomes (golfball like structures) each contain a large parabolic communications dish. The smaller contains a 7.2 meter dish and the larger contains an 11 meter dish that will be put into operation soon. The entire operation can be powered by the four wind generators and solar cells on the living quarter roof, but they also have diesel generator backups. Two people live here in the austral summer months to keep things running.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2733 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 2353 megapixels (144246 x 16319 pixels)
Input images: 424 (53 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 40.7 degrees high (top=19.7, bottom=-21.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G9
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 207.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 29.6 to 58.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 36.4 to 37.6 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 9:53:44 (1:24 per picture)
Alignment: 58:58, Projection: 50:40, Blending: 8:04:06

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