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Old Aug 20, 2010, 12:28 AM   #1
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starlight and the Milky Way (sort of) over Mt Rainier, WA. my lens isn't quite fast enough, and my poor ol' 5D isn't as clean at high ISO as the newer models, but i wasn't too unhappy with this one... 17-35 lens @ 21mm, 25 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 3200...

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Old Aug 20, 2010, 3:50 AM   #2
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I would be quite happy with a shot like that, must have been stunning to be there. You can even see the dust patches in the star field.
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That looks GREAT to me! Man, I really wish I didn't live in the city!
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 8:18 AM   #4
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Nice job Rocky. What time of night was this done at? I can just image what your Christmas list looks like!! Is the glow in the horizon from a distant city?
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OK. I'm looking around and it's really hard to find the info I need to locate the Milky Way. I'm in Ontario, have access to dark areas and can stay up late! Where would I look tonight for instance? North? East? at midnight let's say. and will it appear as a vertical band?

a link to a comprehensive amateur photographer web-ste would be great. Thanks for any help
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Nice job Rocky. What time of night was this done at? I can just image what your Christmas list looks like!! Is the glow in the horizon from a distant city?
thanks, Kevin... this was shot around 3 AM-ish. i sacked out for a couple hours, then got up to shoot this, then another hour or so of sleep before i got back up to shoot the sunrise... yes, the glow is the light-scatter from the city of Tacoma, which is about 40 miles to the northwest...
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really nice shot here rocky! you really captured the milky way well.
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Hey Frank in Toronto, I live in Calgary and at mid-night the bright vertical band is directly over head running North-South. If you can get yourself to a dark location at midnight you will have no problem seeing it, except you may have a problem with the moon shedding so much light. Wait till there is no moon in the sky to view and photograph the Milky Way like Rocky has.
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Wait till there is no moon in the sky to view and photograph the Milky Way like Rocky has.
ok i will. last night i took some pis across the lake after dark here in ontario muskokas. i'll need to review them on something better than this netbook later. sky was all clouds. plenty of opportunities in the near future.

i also experimented with a chemical heating pad and a plastic "sleeve" to forestall any dew issues. wasn't below the dew point so inconclusive.
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Reminds me of nights at the Spike Camps in the Cascades and Bob Marshalls. Very nice capture indeed.
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