Lee, Maine - Aaron Priest Photography

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Crown Aurora

We had a beautiful crown of northern lights for a short while tonight over much of New England! This panorama was taken from my front yard in Lee, Maine, September 1, 2016, 22:33. The flare is most likely an Iridium satellite. The much dimmer streak is a legitimate meteor. Andromeda is to the right of our own Milky Way galaxy at the edge of the frame.

Camera settings: 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 20 seconds, 3 stitched photos.

Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod & BH-55 ballhead. Long exposure noise reduction via Pixel Fixer, RAW conversion via Lightroom, aligned via PTGui, and manually blended via masks in Photoshop.

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