The Milky Way from My Back Yard

While I was out looking for meteors, I also tries a few other more conventional shots.

Looking almost straight overhead and a little west, I could see the Northern Cross, which lies along the plane of the Milky Way. Due to the high level of light pollution I couldn’t quite make out the Milky Way but a 25 second exposure shows a hint of structure in the star fields. I used the Olympus EM5 MK=II with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at f/2.8 at ISO 1600.

Using Lightroom to darken the sky I was able to get much better definition to the Milky Way background. the new “dehaze” feature in Lightroom helped a lot.

While these results are not nearly as good as I have seen elsewhere, they were a good experiment in using the camera for this kind of image. I’m hoping to find some really dark skies when I go to North Dakota next month.

(You haven’t heard I’m going back to ND? Well, I am! And excited about it! Stay tuned!)

~ by Rsmith on August 17, 2015.

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