by: Jerry Lodriguss
The Big and Little Dippers are asterisms in the constellations of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor respectively. The two stars in the end of the bowl of the Big Dipper point to Polaris, the North Star, at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper.
This beginner astrophotograph was taken with a Canon EOS 60Da DSLR camera and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM zoom lens working at 16mm of focal length at f/2.8. A single 30 second exposure was made at ISO 1600 on a fixed tripod from a reasonably dark magnitude 6 observing site.