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Stargazing Under the Milky Way

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Also taken on my honeymoon.  I was gearing up for an observing session with my Takahashi FC-76 in the courtyard of our villa.  While I was waiting for the staff to retire for the evening (and all the lights to be switched off), I decided to capture a few shots of the scope, painting the foreground with a quick wash of my headlamp.  You can see the kitchen to the left of the photo.  The photo was taken around 11pm local time on the 25 May 2017.  Probably my favourite object in this session was M17.  It really was striking in the eyepiece.

Camera: Unmodified Canon 70D

Lens: Canon 14mm f/2.8 L II

Settings: ISO 3,200 f/2.8

Single 30 Second Exposure, no darks or flats on a static tripod (no tracking)

Processed in Adobe Lightroom.


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