Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex over Mt. Haeckel and nearby peaks
This is the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex setting over Mt. Haeckel and other peaks in the vinicity of Sabrina Lake in California, as seen with a 100mm lens. The cloud complex covers an angular area of 4.5 x 6.5 degrees. That's about 9 by 13 full moons, which is huge, but it's difficult to see these gas and dust clouds with the naked eye. You can, however, clearly make out the star formation to the right of the Milky Way in summer, and if you grab a pair of binoculars you might be able to make out a little of these faint clouds!
This image used about 2 hours of stacked and tracked data to de-noise and clean up a single reference image.
I'm doing an entire series of deep sky objects taken together with landscapes to show their visual sizes. Check out my Instagram page for more: instagram.com/dheeranet/