Minchinhampton Milkyway

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Stayed up to the early hours of this morning as it was clear and the milkyway core visible period was between 1.30am and 3.30am…

Didn’t fancy the trip to Broadway Tower without knowing if they lock the gate (they have not replied to my recent contact as yet) so popped up to Minch Common instead…

Was very cold, spookily quiet and seemingly dark… however due to the milkyway’s position at this time of year I had to point the lens towards the town and this gave me more air glow than I would have liked…

I started shooting around 2.30am and finished around 3.30am… it was only when I got home I actually felt tired lol…

So the results of my efforts… first up a panorama… 16 shots in total (2 rows of 8 images), processed in Lightroom then tweaked further in Photoshop…

Minchinhampton Milkyway

Just to be sure I also took a couple of single landscape images
Minchinhampton Milkyway

…last shot included my little workhorse daily… need to get one with the S3 in sometime 🙂
Minchinhampton Milkyway

Happy with the results… was more air glow than I realised so need to play with white balance of the shots (currently use daylight to ensure consistent results) and learn more about editing in photoshop to try and improve the output.. seems astro photography is very post edit intensive especially DSO…

Here is a single unprocessed image from the panorama to give you an idea of the start point..
Minchinhampton Milkyway

I may revisit these images at a later date to see if I can improve things 🙂

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Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

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Been a while since I have had looked at doing nightscapes as we were in the middle of ‘summer’ here in the UK… its only just started being astronomically dark again (albeit at around midnight for about an hour) and the weather has been pretty cloudy despite being warm…

Last night presented an opportunity for a night shot as the weather suggested a clear night from 11.30pm and astro dark at midnight… this was good as it coincided with the milky way centre being in a fairly decent position…

As I had yet to bag a shot containing anything that looked remotely like the milkyway so far I was not full of confidence but I had done my homework and read loads of stuff to help me understand what settings I need, what position the MW will be in the sky etc and used my favourite planning app to get an idea of where to be and when…

Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

Biggest issue I have is I live in a class 5 (bortle scale) area for light pollution and I didn’t have the time or inclination to venture too far from home… checking the weather for the immediate area suggested that it may not be as clear in potentially darker areas with a bit of travel so really didn’t fancy going all that way for nothing so I stayed local and was pleasantly surprised at the results…

Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with the result… granted its not the best example of a MW shot ever but its a milestone for me and has boosted my enthusiasm to improve…

I can’t wait for the autumn/winter 😀

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