Today is Technique Tuesday! Hope @kenneth.pelczar doesn't mind me using another of his great photos. I'm sure you'll all be glad to hear that I won't be bombarding you with photoshop stuff again, but instead we'll go light and talk about Astronomy. I won't talk about the shot in particular, but how do you know where to face in order to capture trails like these? Well, there is a star up there called Polaris, or the North Star. It was used for centuries as a point in which to aid navigation. This is because it barely moves from its position in the sky. Sailors used this to find North, along with measuring its angle from their position to lock down their latitude. How can you find it, if say your phone & compass are broken? Well.. find the big dipper first! Note that the star in the lower outer corner of the bowl is named Merak, while the upper outer corner is named Dubhe. If you make a line from Merak, through Dubhe and continueing onward, you will be pointed directly at Polaris, which is also the end star of the Little Dipper's handle. I learned it as "The doctor points to Polaris!" . Get it? MD, or Merak, Dubhe, then follow through to the North star. From that point, all other stars appear to rotate around it, while really it is the Earth spinning which causes these trails. This is because Polaris sits almost directly above our Northern pole. Find Polaris, and you will always find North.
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The Milky Way practically boils over a rare snow covered Kimmeridge Bay. This is my first attempt at using a star tracker, I’ve wanted one for years but they are stupidly expensive for a motor that rotates once every 24 hours. However I splashed out on a second hand Vixen Polaris a few weeks ago and have been desperate for a break in the weather to try it out. I stupidly equipped it with a pan/tilt head, which is almost unusable at the strange angles you have to work at. However I persevered and managed to cobble together this panorama. I’ve edited the crap out of it purely because I’m thrilled with the detail.
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The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, inaugurated in 1993, is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world. It stands on a tongue of land on the Atlantic and can hold 25,000 people. On the top of the mosque minaret, the highest in the world with its 210 meters, is mounted a lighthouse with a laser pointing towards Mecca.
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First night photo of the year/trip! Milky Way rising over a frozen Lake Michigan just before sunrise. I plan to spend a lot more time shooting at night over the next year. I’ve got 3 new lenses just for astrophotography, so I hope you like the night sky!
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Moonrise with the Milky Way & Jupiter. Congratulations to Doug Ingram. ”The Moon had only cleared the horizon a few minutes before I pressed the shutter button, and its light was slightly dimmed and diffused by a thick layer of haze over the ocean. A dimmer moon means less light to wash out the details in the Milky Way, allowing for a photo like this that captures the Moon plus plenty of the stars, dust and gas that make up the Milky Way’s galactic core,” says Doug. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery.
EXIF: A single exposure taken with a Canon EOS 6D • Samyang 14mm XP lens @ f/2.8, using a 15-second exposure @ ISO 12800.
MORE from Doug: Along with the Milky Way and the Moon, this scene features the gas-giant planet, Jupiter, as well as Mars and Saturn. The green tint to the background sky is from atmospheric airglow, caused by energy being emitted by oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere. The airglow is also responsible for you being able to see the sand and ocean in the photograph. That light in the atmosphere is bright enough to see by, sometimes.
COMMENT from Royce: Doug is very careful to not over-process his night skies. Unlike many of the eye-popping images one sees on Instagram, his style is more natural and true to life. Nothing fake on Doug’s IG feed. Doug is a respected amateur astronomer in the NSW Australian community, which is just one of the reasons I recently made him a moderator on our “NightScaper” Facebook group (see link in bio) .
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The Milky Way
Do you know that the Milky Way contains over 200 billion stars, and enough dust and gas to make billions more?! And this galaxy is nothing more than a speck of dust in the vast universe. Imagine how tiny we are!
This stunning shot of the Milky Way was captured by Mark Robben (@skylightphotography_) from Joshua Tree National Park.
A starry night begins in the capitol Reef Park in Utah.
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