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Milky way in light pollution, Expose to the right histogram before and after
How is this possible? When you think of photographing the Milky Way, you usually think of doing it from a dark location away from light pollution. What if I told you it was possible to photograph the Milky Way from your back yard?! There's...
GAIA 2 - App Review - GAIA GPS - MilkyWayPhotographers.com
One topic that I very rarely see mentioned within the photography world is navigation aids. Be it a compass, GPS, etc.; there does not seem to be much information out there. While I am not up to speed like I used to be on this topic, I...
Alyn Wallace Screenshot
Every week, I am going to bring to you nuggets of Milky Way photography information that I find from around the web. These nuggets can include YouTube channels or videos, gear and app reviews, or just perhaps a retelling of a misadventure. In this first edition...
Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands, Chicago (2550963495), CC BY 2.0
As a child, I remember seeing the Milky Way when visiting my grandparents in rural Klickitat County, Washington. It dominated the night sky in the summer, stretching from the north, up overhead, and on the southern horizon. To a child, more stars than could be counted filled...
Maneuverability allows for this Jeep to navigate along the cliff side in Death Valley confidently. 2018 Copyright Marybeth Kiczenski
A short guide on the basics of 4WD and AWD for photographers. It may surprise some, but I am a huge automotive enthusiast that works auto shows. The idea for an article about four-wheel drive systems arose from my daily interactions at...
How to Remove Coma Aberration From Your Astro Images. Using Photoshop to Correct Coma in Post-Processing
What is Coma Aberration?Before we start talking about how to remove or even avoid coma in your astrophotography images, lets first talk about coma aberration. It is an imperfection in some lens designs that result in stars appearing distorted, sometimes looking like they have a little fuzzy...
This map shows the location of the north magnetic pole (white star) and the magnetic declination (contour interval 2 degrees) at the beginning of 2019. Courtesy of NOAA NCEI/CIRES.
You may be asking yourself - why is there an article about magnetic declination and the Earth's magnetic field on a web site about Milky Way Photography? Isn't that a bit too nerdy for a photography website?You may be asking yourself - why is there an article about magnetic declination and the Earth's magnetic field on a web site about Milky Way Photography? Isn't that a bit too nerdy for a photography website?
Atmospheric refraction distorts the Sun's disk when it is low to the horizon. The unevenness of the distortion is due to variations in the atmosphere. Photo Credit : Brocken Inaglory (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Green_flash_121007.JPG), „Green flash 121007“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode
As a Milky Way or landscape photographer, you quickly realize that the Sun (or Moon or Milky Way) rise time is highly dependent on where you are. You'll be looking across the landscape wondering why the sun isn't up yet. You compare the time your app says...
The Andromeda Galaxy loaded into Starry Sky Stacker.
Starry Sky Stacker Starry Sky Stacker, from the developers of Starry Landscape Stacker, is a Mac only image stacking program that allows you to stack, or combine, images of deep sky objects taken with a star tracker to reduce noise and enhance detail....
Milky Way Photography for Beginners - Part One
​​Welcome to Part One of a three-part series Milky Way Photography for Beginners. Have you ever wondered how to create a Milky Way photo? Do you want to have the skills to create these images? Then look no further! It's not as hard as...
Martian Sunset - Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist. See The Best Vacation Spots in Our Solar System
there's a film that shows all my dreams and more come true! Made in 2014 by Swedish film maker Erik Wernquist, the film Wanderers shows what it could be like to travel around our solar system. Wernquist, a digital artist and animator, took actual images from NASA spacecraft and combined them with live action and computer generated graphics. The film shows tourists exploring and experiencing the beautiful vistas across our solar system.
Appulse of Venus and the Moon. A simulated view of the Moon as it passes Venus. They will be and amazingly close 0° 05’ apart. This view is how the Moon and Venus should look with a 500 mm lens on a full Frame camera from Sydney, Australia at 4:37 AM on February 1st, 2019. Graphic courtesy: Stellarium Developers
Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon in the morning hours of January 31, 2019, as seen from Chicago, Illinois. This graphic simulates the view with a 200 mm lens on a full frame camera.Graphic courtesy: Stellarium Developers From January 29th to February 2nd, the...
What is a Bahtinov Mask? A Bahtinov mask is a device used to help focus telescopes but can also be used to achieve focus on any camera with a telephoto lens. It consists of grids positioned in a way so that they create a...
Total Lunar Eclipse, 20 January 2019
I've been seeing so many amazing Total Lunar Eclipse photographs around the webs, that I thought I'd open up our site to posting them here! I know our galleries are normally for Milky Way photos, but let's see what you took. Please limit your...
Matt Quinn shows how to set up and polar align a star tracker.
How to use a Star Tracker: Setup and Polar Alignment In the following video by Dark Skies with Matt Quinn, he walks us through how to set up and polar align a star tracker. The tracking mount he uses in this video is a...
How to Photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse - A Total Lunar Eclipse of the Moon. Photographed on 9 October 2014 with a 1260mm lens. Photo Credit: ©2018 Kirk D. Keyes
Photos of an eclipsed Moon are very distinctive, and they can be very rewarding to capture. But shooting an eclipse, even a lunar eclipse, can be a little intimidating. Follow along with this tutorial and learn to stop worrying and to love photographing the lunar eclipse.
Starry Landscape Stacker Version 1.7
Starry Landscape Stacker is a popular, Mac only, program that allows you to stack landscape images that include a starry night sky to reduce noise and enhance detail. It has been my personal choice of stacking software for some time now. Let’s check out what is new...
How to Earn Your Achievements & Rank Up!
This video is our introduction for MilkyWayPhotographers.com for our YouTube audience. Watch it and see how you can get credit for your Milky Way Photography Achievements! https://youtu.be/yObLh5WwZpk Here are All the Achievements: Milky Way...
Chasing Lady Aurora - Lady Aurora dancing over Lake Superior in Michigan. 1/4/19
The Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights have captured the imaginations of us mere mortals since the beginning of time. There is something mythical and magical about seeing this phenomenon dance in the sky that stirs the soul. As beautiful as they are, these...
Deep Sky Photography - What Could Go Wrong? - shelbydiamondstar
The Attempt to Escape Chicagoland Perma-glow. Ah, Door County, Wisconsin! I’ve heard rumblings about this little peninsula jutting off of the state of Wisconsin. In fact, it is this peninsula that prompts some residents of Wisconsin to call their state the...

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