Astrophotography: Milky Way and Scorpius

Finally, Astrophotography where city light pollution is zero. Our Milky Way and Scorpius are in this Astrophoto.


Shot Details:

Mount: Fixed Tripod

Camera: Canon EOS 30D

Lens: Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 at 16mm

Shutter Speed: 30secs

Aperture: f2.8

ISO: 3200

White balance: Auto

Picture Style: Customized in Digital Photo Professional

Location: Kota Beach Resort, Banatayan (thanks to Christoper Hubahib.. hehehehe)

Shooting Date and Time: 02-Aug-2008 21:36:13


Key Noise removal and reduction highlights:

1) Dark Frame Subtraction

2) Conventional High ISO noise removal algorithms (Neat Image)



  • DaCs QùaCk♣ 6y

    whoa....amazing!....never thought it could be this good....salamat sa share bai!
  • weetsie 6y

    no stars just hot pixels
  • Kassandra Marie Pino 6y

    beautifully done!!!!
  • Ray Anthony Erasmo 6y

    thanks for posting the exif sir!=) idol!=)
  • mjdianne 6y

    WOW!! u should join the Galilean Nights Astrophotography Contest. Nothing to lose u can try. here's their flickr account:

    *thumbs up*
  • Brandon de Guzman 6y

    This shot is amazing!
  • Paul PRO 6y

    amazing shot!
  • Adalberto Mangini & Laura PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Scenics & Wilderness (Admin Invite Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  • Mathew 5y

    Hello.. Cool photots. uhm, do you think there are other places in the Philippines without light pollution? Salamat po!
  • fdiorico 5y

    Hello Matt!

    Yes definitely! But you would have to go away from the city though. I took these shots in Daan Bantayan island in the Cebu province. With the naked eye, you can already see the white band from the milky way galaxy. There are lots of places with super low light pollution in the PH. Thanks for you interest in my photo. =D

  • Mathew 5y

    thank you! =)
  • 竜之介 内山 5y

    wow bai idol.. great shots.. mao sad ni rason ako gipangayo ang dslr sa ako kuya.. pgkabata pjud ko hilig astronomy... now that gihatag na sa ako kuya ang dslr, ive taken my first astro shots.. and honestly, i suck.. hehehe makalagot sad ning naa ta sa siudad, grabe kaayo light pollution..
  • 竜之介 内山 5y

    by the way how do you do your noise removals especially the Dark Frame Subtraction? ive taken dark frames but i just dont know how to apply it...
  • fdiorico 5y

    @ryunosukekun - thanks! ;) There are many ways to do it. I think you can do it in registax and deepskystacker. The simplest way to do it, if you are accustomed to photoshop is by simply overlaying the two layers, the astrophoto and the dark frame. You can then subtract both images and adjust the opacity to your liking. You can try looking at hotspots and adjust the opacity until the hotspots disappear. I hope this helps. Cheers!

  • Glenn Mataragnon 5y

    Nice kau, try daw orion nebula
  • Boris Mitendorfer Photography PRO 5y

    Amazing clarity and details!
    Thank you for all tips!
  • Abhinav Rajagopal 3y

    Just breathtaking !
  • Robin Wilson PRO 2y

    Stunning shot!!
    Amazing capture and work!

    Meeting at Nebrownii Waterhole

    Thanks for sharing your masterpiece here!
    *Scenics & Wilderness* Gallery (Invite Only)
  • Sabrina 2y

    Wow! I hope I can take pics like this someday.
  • Christian Diamond 1y

    Simply Wonderful!!!
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