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Andromeda above the lake

Cassiopea & Andromeda above Conway Lake
Cassiopea & Andromeda above Conway Lake

The cloudless night sky and low light pollution of northern New Hampshire make for excellent star gazing. This shot was taken from a campground on the shores of Conway Lake in New Hampshire. The bright lights to the lower right are from a neighboring campfire. A satellite rolls across the sky as well.

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 3200, f/5, 15″ exposure.

The Heart of the Milky Way

Looking south into the heart of the Milky Way
Looking south into the heart of the Milky Way

Last night’s clear skies beckoned, and I set up my camera out in the front field at around 10:00PM. The Milky Way stretched above me from north to south. In this shot, we’re looking south into the center of our galaxy. The brightest clump of stars directly of the above the trees in the center of the frame are in the constellation Sagittarius and mark the center of the Milky Way. Interstellar dust creates dark lanes in the stars as they arc north and east.

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 1600, f/4.5, 15 second exposure.

 

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