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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Summer Milky Way

Here is southeast Arizona, we had a very dry pulse of air push through at after an uncommon June rain event. I was on my last night of a four night run at the Schmidt and had a feeling I was in for a very dark, clear, steady night. I wasn't disappointed.

I set up the camera to the west of the dome, facing east, to build an all night time-lapse animation. This and the next two below are single frames from that video.

During the Summer we are looking across the Milky Way in the direction of it's center, so as you can see on the right side of the image, we see many more stars and stellar nurseries.

Canon 20D - 20 seconds, 20mm @ f/ 2.2, ISO 800, Auto-Dark


Blogger Tuguldur said...

great looking image! In fact, did you make the video? what program do you use?

Thanks in advance,

8:33 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks tugildur. I process most of my still images, like these in Photoshop. For turning the still images into a time lapse, I use a program called Irfanview to make most of the corrections and changes that need to be made and then I use Quicktime Pro to turn these images into the video.

10:49 PM  

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