Up close & astronomical by Doug Ingram
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Up close & astronomical

April 12, 2016

I usually shoot with a 14mm or 24mm wide-angle lens, but from time-to-time I like to use a 40mm or 50mm to get in a bit closer. Doing so seems to give an even grander scale to the Milky Way & its core region. Today’s image is a very in-your-face view of the Milky Way’s core rising from behind eucalyptus trees in the Royal National Park (Australia). The bright “star” near the very top of the picture is the planet Saturn.

Last week was cloudy most nights, but on Sunday night (10th April) things cleared up after church & dinner mid-evening. Grabbing the chance to get some shots before the lunar cycle gets in the way, I left home to go nightscapading at 10:00pm & didn’t get to bed until 3:30 Monday morning. My head was a bit foggy at work on Monday, I can tell you! Of the 600+ frames I shot that night, this is the only one I’ve had time to play with yet.

Shot with Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 40mm STM @ f/2.8, 8.0 sec @ ISO 6400.

40mm · f/2.8 · 8s · ISO 6400
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