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Milky Way over Silver Lake, Lee, Maine

November 4, 2015, 6:13 PM

I took a friend, Ty Oliver, out for his first attempt at shooting the Milky Way in my town. This is one of the shots we captured. We had a narrow window of 14 minutes to capture the galactic center of the Milky Way before it dropped below the horizon after astronomic dusk. In four more nights you won’t be able to shoot it at all in this area until the end of January just before astronomic dawn, due to the tilt of the Earth during winter. Too bad the clouds never cleared enough for us to really capture it.

The lights on the clouds must be from Burlington and Lowell, as Enfield would be a bit to the right and Lincoln far right and out of frame behind the trees from this direction. You can see three of the windmills between Lincoln and Burlington reflecting in Silver Lake (also known as Mattakeunk Pond). The bright star in the top right is Vega, the second brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Promote Control, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L, leveling base, & pano/gimbal head @ 3071°K, 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 25 seconds for the sky blended with ISO 1600, 400 seconds for the ground. Noise reduction via dark frames with Pixel Fixer, edited with Lightroom, exposures manually blended with Photoshop.

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