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Milky Way Over Terelj National Park

Just a mere hour's drive from Mongolia's heavily polluted capital city Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park offers crystal clear skies during winter nights when temperatures often fall below -30°C (-22°F).

At such temperatures, it became frustratingly hard to stay outside to get all the exposures I had planned for - my tripod ball head could barely move and every minute my hands started to lose sensation and dexterity. With the small amount of ambient light that lit the hillside, I managed to frame the galactic center running through the middle of the exposure.

Photographed with the Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm F/4G.

16mm · f/4.0 · 30s · ISO 6400
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