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The Milky Way setting over the coast | by Richard Leighton
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The Milky Way setting over the coast

The Isle of Wight is considered one of the best places in the country to truly see dark skies, with the south-west of the island providing the best opportunity this time of year to see the galactic core. Though the galactic core remained shrouded in cloud, I was lucky enough to watch the Milky Way cascade down, as the galactic core set over Chale Bay. Saturn can be seen near the horizon, shining through the clouds.


A stack of 8 images was used for the sky, taken at ISO6400, and exposed for 25 seconds, combined with a single image for the foreground, taken at ISO1000, and exposed for 300 seconds.

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Taken on August 26, 2017