Lee, Maine - Aaron Priest Photography

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2015-08-13 Star Trails

This is a stack of 364 photos from a timelapse I shot on August 13, 2015 in my back yard, from 12:51 AM to 3:22 AM. It took a few days to manually remove every satellite, airplane, and meteor from the photos before stacking.

The green color in the sky is caused by air glow. The bright star streaking from the treetops is Capella. The cluster of stars to the right of that is Pleiades. Everything is spinning around Polaris or the North Star, the bright star with the shortest trail in the top left (from our perspective anyway—it is actually Earth that is rotating).

Taken with a Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, DewNot heat strip, DewBuster Controller, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod & BH-55 ballhead, and qDslrDashboard running on a Nexus 7 (2013 model). These shots were taken at 14mm, f/2.8, 20 seconds, ISO 5000, and 3550°K. Edited with Lightroom / LRTimelapse and stacked with Advanced Stacker Plus in Photoshop as 16-bit TIFFs.

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