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A Perfect Night – August 2018
A Perfect Night – August 2018

Capturing the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier was one of my main missions during my August trip to the PNW.

While scouting Sunrise Point in the afternoon, I was a bit worried, as there conditions were very smoky…

Luckily, the smoke seemed to affect the scene less at night, when the view of Mt. Rainier was surprisingly clear. The Milky Way core with the setting Antares region, flanked by Arcturus on the far right and bright Mars on the left, were all nicely visible. As a special treat, an early Perseid appeared at just the right time and place…

You cannot ask for much better conditions.

Canon EOS 6D, astro modified
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 @ f/2.4
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Tracked 10-panel panorama
5 x stack of 3 exposures, each 50s @ ISO 1600
5 x stack of 3 exposures, each 30s @ ISO 1600, tracked

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