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"Perveniens in Astra" (Reaching for the Stars) is what this Joshua Tree was doing in a cold and windy night in Death Valley.


This is a 4 shot blend for depth of field, one shot for the sky and 3 for the different layers of Joshua Trees. Not sure if it was light pollution from Las Vegas or the moon rising but I liked the way the orange glow at the horizon adds to the scene.





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A rowing boat moored at Loch Ard in Scotland.

A frosty clear night over Roseberry Topping. The constellation of Orion can be seen in the night sky

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In the small island known as "Mothon stone’’ which means strong "protector" of the city came from the name Methoni (Mothoni) according to the Messinian of Pausanias and Stravo's Geography.

Is located south of the castle of Methoni and protected the harbor while the sea to prevent shaken with momentum.

On it later at the end of 15th century built by the Venetians the stronghold of the photograph, which served as headquarters guard, lighthouse, prison and refuge in times of siege.

The starry sky in the frame except for large groups Aquarius, Capricorn and Pisces presents constellations usually obscured by post, from the south as the southern fish, with Fomalhaut shines on the left of the roof of the fort and the rightmost microscope.


to get the focus on this one, I put a penny on my bed (where I took this) focused on the penny, then got into the frame and lined my shoulder up with the penny :) (this is the trick I use for almost every shot, only I generally use the wall/ground/prop instead of a penny)

A serene mountain lake near Bear Valley, CA. Miguel and I made a late night drive out to Lake Alpine to shoot the milky way in dark skies and the location did not disappoint. It was perfectly still here at >7,300ft elevation.


This is a crop from a multi-frame panorama. I used the FA31/1.8 Limited lens on the Pentax K5. To eliminate star trailing, I use the O-GPS1 accessory which directs the camera sensor to move in sync with the Earth's rotation. A nifty little device which allows up to 5 minute exposures without streaking the stars.


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I hope you enjoy viewing this Ha, RGBL image of the Swan Nebula. This wonderful structure is located in the rich star-fields of Sagittarius. The Swan has a very high dynamic range an provides an exiting processing and photography challenges for any budding astrophotographers out there.


Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph

Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814

Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX

Filters: Chroma narrow-band filters

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Magnitude: 6

Constellation: Sagittarius

Coordinates: RA 18h 20m 26s | Dec -16° 10′ 36″

Distance: 5,000-6,000 ly

Apparent dimensions (V): 11 arcmins

Designations: M17, Swan Nebula, Sharpless 45, RCW 160, Gum 81

I had no idea where I was going to shoot tonight. I just got in the car and started driving. Before I knew it I had driven half way to Hilo. I stopped to take a photo of the night sky. I knew that the milky way would be visible, but didn't expect that I would get the orange glow from Kilauea located in the center of the photo.

Full moon over Bay Saint Louis, MS.

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I managed to catch a bright -3 magnitude (-7 at center) Iridium Flare on Saturday night on a camping trip at Lake Dillon to celebrate Father's Day with my in-laws. The flare occurred at 22:53:37 and can be verified by the Heavens Above website Iridium Flare calculator here.


This is my third Iridium Flare to catch by luck when doing some night photography. For those new to them, Iridium Flares are caused by a constellation of highly reflective communication satellites (Iridium system) that regularly and predictably glint off the sun. See below for other examples from my stream and have a great week ahead!

Galaxy Centaurus A ( NGC 5128 ) in the southern constellation Centaurus - by Mike O'Day ( ).


Centaurus A is relatively near to us in the local group of galaxies and is around 11 Million light years away. The unusual shape of Centaurus A is believed to be due to an ancient collision between a large elliptical galaxy and a much smaller spiral galaxy.


With an apparent magnitude of +6.8, Centaurus A is the fifth brightest galaxy in the night sky and in the middle of the 20th century it was identified as being the strongest radio sources in the Centaurus constellation.


This image was taken with a stock Nikon DSLR that captured the visible wavelengths of light with a "daylight" white-balance.






Galaxy - Centaurus A ( NGC 5128 )


Image ( ):

Center (RA, hms):13h 25m 29.265s

Center (Dec, dms):-43° 01' 12.222"

Size: 40.2 x 27.3 arcmin

Radius: 0.405 deg

Orientation: Up is North


Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 ).

Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x.

Effective Focal Length / Aperture : 1410mm f4.7


Mount: Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT

Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2


Camera: Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels)

Format: 14bit NEF

Noise reduction: off

Filter: none


HDR combination of seven sets of exposures (27, 28 & 29 April 2017):

85 x 240 sec ISO 800

16 x 120 sec ISO 800

16 x 60 sec ISO 800

16 x 30 sec ISO 800

16 x 15 sec ISO 800

16 x 8 sec ISO 800

16 x 4 sec ISO 800

16 x 2 sec ISO 800


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This is a macro photo of side-lit pins, arranged so that their shadows created the constellation of Orion.


Constellations are imaginary lines humans have drawn between jumbled messes of stars, drawing upon our myths, beliefs and narratives to craft monuments of light in the sky.


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Sometimes we get the nice amazing sunsets and sunrises, and sometimes we get nothing. For me, it's the chances we take with photography, and life in general, that are most intriguing.


What is to be, must be, and these days, I am becoming more and more content with whatever life serves up for me, and less and less concerned about trying to figure it all out...


I just got back from a few days in the Three Sisters Wilderness, and didn't get a single day of good light. But I did enjoy just doing what I love to do, without any distractions or confusions...


The full moon illuminates the granite landscape of Watson Lake while the constellation Orion traverses the sky high overhead.

This was taken while driving up the side of Mauna Kea facing Hilo city lights on the left and Kilauea volcano lights on the right.

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A Camera Lens image of a section of the large Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex. Rho Ophiuchi is a dark nebula of gas and dust that is located 1° south of the star ρ Ophiuchi of the constellation Ophiuchus (close to the red Supergiant star Antares).


The camera was on my Telescope Mount, with Sidereal Tracking and Autoguiding to counter track Earth's rotation (as I would normally do with my Telescope).


About the Interstellar Cloud Colors:

Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. The atoms of gaseous clouds that are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Back-lit dust clouds block light and appear dark. Antares (a red super-giant star, and one of the brighter stars in the night sky), lights up the yellow-red dust clouds. Rho Ophiuchi lies at the center of the blue nebula. Interstellar clouds are even more colorful than we can see in visible light, emitting light across a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.


Image Acquisition:

Sequence Generator Pro Framing Wizard.


Plate Solving: ANSVR Solver via SGP.



Pre-Processing and Linear workflow in PixInsight,

and finished in Photoshop


Astrometry Info:

Annotated Sky Chart for this image.

Center RA, Dec: 247.801, -25.359

Center RA, hms: 16h 31m 12.155s

Center Dec, dms: -25° 21' 32.996"

Size: 5.87 x 6.32 deg

Radius: 4.316 deg

Pixel scale: 14.2 arcsec/pixel

Orientation : Up is 92 degrees E of N

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Primary photo equipment for this photo: Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105mm f4L II USM lens, Singh-Ray 2 stop soft reverse GND filter. Four shot pano blended with Photoshop CS6.


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During my early winter visit to the Canadian Rockies in November 2014, I visited Morant's Curve one more time. Eight hours earlier about 1.5 hours before sunrise, I took a shot of the mountains along the right half of this frame as the constellation Orion was above Pinnacle Peak in the distance.


At the time, I was with one of my Flickr- friends Joalhi who has been there so many times over the years. She has the most superb photos of the Canadian Rockies in all seasons I've ever seen and I must add she knows the area better than anyone I know and knows the timing of where and when to be for every shot imaginable in the Canadian Rockies.


The mountain peaks in the background from left to right are: Mt. Temple, Pinnacle Mtn, Mt. Lefroy, Haddo Peak, Saddle Mtn and Fairview Mtn.



My Milky Way night sky photography workshops


In 2017, I will be leading two 4 day photography workshops in Jackson Hole. During both workshops, I will take my group out for 3 nights of my Milky Way night sky workshop.


Here is a list of the photography workshops I will conduct in 2017:


1. Arches National Park - March 25-29

2. Grand Teton National Park Spring Wildflowers - June 23-25

3. Grand Teton National Park Fall Colors - Sept. 20-24

4. Washington, DC Monument & Memorial Nightscapes - late October

5. Eastern Sierras - August 17-20


All workshops include three 4+ hour Photoshop & Lightroom Milky Way post processing sessions.


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took this the day after the peak, total time elapsed was about 3 hours, i fell asleep and didnt get up to swap batteries.


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A rowing boat moored at Loch Ard in Scotland.

My First attempt to Night Photography!!!

On the way to YLNP, around Cheyenne WY by midnight

Saw this beautful band of stars, dared to go off highway a mile or so away from light and clickd few. Never thought u could really see this, takes time to adjust your eyes in dark..will continue exploring more, thanks for viewing!!

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Deadvlei is one of, if not the most, iconic locations in Namibia and somewhere I've wanted to visit for quite a while. It is a clay / salt pan in the middle of the desert; basically a marsh that has not only dried up, but lost water at such a rate that the remaining, dead trees have no moisture to decompose and are essentially frozen in time.


The salt pan is surrounded by very high, bright orange sand dunes, while the ground is a hard, white, cracked clay.


The common shots of here show the almost black trees against the vibrant orange sand and the bright blue sky. Instead of showing you my take on those shots, I first thought I'd show you something less common; Deadvlei at night.


I say night, but this isn't totally the case. You'll notice that the Milky Way in this shot isn't as clear and apparent as some of my other night shots. This is because this photo was taken just after sunset; I've never seen the Milky Way come out so early.


After shooting the sunset, I hung around for half an hour to see how the sky changed. The stars came out amazingly fast. Although I have other shots from this location that have a more defined Milky Way, I really liked the mood of this image. I hope you like it as well.




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Nikon D800 / ISO 2500 / f/2.8 / 25s / Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @ 14mm / Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia


The Texas night sky is truly "Big & Bright." This view of the Milky Way was captured in Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway on a beautiful October evening. The brilliant Milky Way in the West Texas night sky rises in dynamic contrast the to park's bison monument.


Located in the Panhandle of Texas, Caprock Cayons is the Lone Star State's 3rd largest park. The Texas State Bison Heard--genetic descendants of the famed Charles Goodnight herd--roams the park's plains. The Clarity Tunnel, along the abandoned Fort Worth & Denver Railroad line, provides habitat for a healthy bat colony. The decommissioned rail line offers hikers, bikers, and equestrians a 64.25 mile trailway between Estelline (TX) and South Plains (TX).

Taken at the same place as my previous shot here in Milford Sound, New Zealand, Roar Of The Earth


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A shot of a Joshua Tree and the Milky Way out at Joshua Tree National Park. The best time to shoot the milky way in the northern hemisphere is summer time because of its placement during the night sky. The orange glow to the right of the tree is Palm Springs, which is around 30 miles away. Light pollution can really mess up a night sky and lucky for me, it was pretty dark out that night.


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I created this image tonight from a sequence of a few hundred photos I captured on the night of October 20-21, 2012. The constellation Orion rose above the horizon near the lower left corner of this 14 mm view, and it traveled to the upper right corner before dawn arrived. I created a time-lapse video of this meteor shower as well.

Night shot taken in Val Veny, Aosta Valley, Italy.

The Milky Way playing hide and seek with a few passing clouds ... almost as rhapsodic brush strokes on a universal canvas.

Certainly the most precious canvas in existence.



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The magnetic presence of mount Pelmo (Dolomites), at night, in the moonlight, with clouds floating on the top.

I've specially framed also my track left in the snow, just to give a sense of symbolic continuity between the worldly and the otherworldly (here aptly represented by the mystic presence of the mountain).



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A night spent in the caldera of Mount Teide on Tenerife - fabulous weather - no wind and no cloud but a bit nippy. The rocks are part of the volcanic formation known as Roques Garcia and the constellation is everyone's favourite Orion.

On the Celebrity Constellation ship


Somewhere in Atlantic Ocean


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Night shot, long exposure, taken lying under the Arolley cross (2.310 m), in order to include in the frame also the sector of the Milky Way passing above.

This spot is located in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy), pratically at the end of the Nivolet plateau, above the Valsavarenche.

I've thought about this picture expressly to establish a dialogue between two specific elements.


The Milky Way always appears in the total darkness of the night sky as a straight line.

That's why I never do photo stitching to show its "journey" from horizon to horizon, as for optical reasons the result would lead inevitably to an... arc... which is objectively a different geometric shape indeed.

So, for my personal taste, I prefer to choose each time a specific composition.


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I shot several hours of the Orionid meteor shower using a star-tracking mount, and brought the best meteors from several hours of shooting into one background image.


I used the free StarStaX software to add the meteors to the background image. Since I captured the meteors using a tracking mount, nothing was moved from where in the sky it occurred, relative to the constellation Orion.

"If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing"

(Letter to Corinthians)

Also in photographic terms, I can avail myself of the best cameras and lenses on the market, I can read what famous authors say about how to tell a visual story but without the love for adventure, I am nothing.

Shot taken on June 27th 2012 at 10:42 p.m. from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy, as the moon (phase 57%) continued its slow journey to the west.

After moonset I took a bunch of interesting photos to the starry sky (then published in various magazines).

I've always postponed the consideration of this photo because I thought the scenery was a bit "chaotic"... anyway, all in all I think it expresses quite well what it means to be above a sea of ​​clouds at night.

On the right we have the moon, while on the left is perfectly visible the Scorpius constellation.

Under the "primordial ocean" of clouds are filtering the lights of the Susa valley 3.000 meters below.


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Shot taken during a night spent on the summit of Mont Thabor (3.178 m), Vallée Étroite (France).

From left to right: Mont Pelvoux (3.946 m), le Pic des Agneaux (3.663 m) and Barre des Écrins (4.102 m), with the Milky Way above.


Since these faces of the Écrins National Park are exposed to the north, the alignment with the Great Rift of the Milky Way is something absolutely ordinary, perhaps it might be necessary to wait something like one/two hours in order to get the Milky Way visually aligned with the glacier summit of the Barre, allowing due time to the Earth to properly rotate eastwards, so the entire cosmos appears to slip westward.

Here the Barre des Écrins seems willing to make an intergalactic call... probably at home, in full Spielberg style :-)



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A starry night above the Gran Paradiso group (Italy), observed from the Nivolet plateau. At the bottom you can see the waters of lake Rosset (2.709 m).


The mountain of Gran Paradiso is 4.061 meters high above sea level, nevertheless it looks like a toy beneath the immensity of the starry sky.


In addition to the sector of the Milky Way pointing north east, there are some celestial bodies worthy of note here: Capella (on the left), the Pleiades cluster (aligned over the Gran Paradiso), planet Jupiter (on the right) and the Andromeda Galaxy (slightly above the center of the photo, highlighted in a note here for your convenience).



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My first decent constellation image. Taken in Skye, Scotland.



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Third and last shot dedicated to the gorgeous North face of the Gran Paradiso group.

In my previous shots I've already documented daylight, sunset, the blue hour... so, here it is the night!


The mountain must be lived at all hours, otherwise... what a waste! :-)


I took a few shots that night, this is my favorite because of the large halo around the planet Jupiter (visible on the top right).


Honestly I do not know exactly what causes, time to time, a halo of light around the planets, the light source in our solar system is and remains the sun, then I guess it might depend on particular angles between sun, earth, planets, etc...

In fact, that evening/night even Venus was very bright, more then usual, showing a similar lovely halo, but it was completely in the West, above the plateau Nivolet, which is (photographically speaking) less interesting than the Gran Paradiso group.


In this portion of night sky above the Gran Paradiso, besides streaked clouds due to 30 sec exposure, it's clearly visible the Orion constellation (perfectly aligned over the 4,061 meters summit), then we have Aldebaran (Taurus constellation), Menkar (Cetus constellation), the Pleiades cluster, and, as said, planet Jupiter.



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Pawnee Buttes in northern CO, has some pretty dark skies for photographing the milky way, although numerous brightly lit fracking sites, have diminished the inky blackness to some extent. Jon Blake and I hiked in just as it was getting dark. The path we were on soon narrowed and somehow intermingled with many other narrow single tracks meandering aimlessly throughout the grassland park. Jon's GPS was being mischievous We needed to get to the floor of the valley, so we headed down a gully/drainage ditch that went in the general direction of the buttes. The gully was a deep trench carved out of hardpacked clay by eons of water erosion, and it wound down the slope in a serpentine like fashion. We literally followed this gully for several miles, but probably traveled half a mile in a straight line. All the while wondering if we would come to an insurmountable drop off and have to turn back. We finally reached the buttes after a couple hours, and we shot the milky way for several more hours. Jon skillfully light painted the butte with a 2 cell mag light from left stage. We hiked out about 3 in the morning, finding a less circuitous route, but it was still a long hike out, considering the butte is only a mile from the parking lot. Our dogs kept us company, but they were alarmed by howling coyotes. This is a very unique area in CO, and I'm going to return sometime to check it out in the daylight. Notice the beautiful cow pies in the foreground.

Vertical shot to fully enjoy all the magnificence of the Milky Way aligned above the north faces of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Dolomites).

Highly visible, and sparkling, Altair (Aquila constellation) and Vega (Lyra constellation).

The "lantern" at the bottom, as always, is my trusted tent :-)


Considering the nature of this picture, a thought, a sincere dedication, goes to the NASA, after the U.S. government shutdown... accidentally in its own 55th Birthday.


Let's hope that our earthly problems will never actually affect the human transport toward the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and the constant desire to open our minds towards new horizons!

For the Benefit of All.




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Older image from December. The current weather has really put a damper on astro-photography.

This took over 5 hour of editing :o 9 more school days! AHHHH.


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