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Ralf Rohner's gallery/Nightscapes/Turmoil and Eternity – Light Polluted Skies Foreground
Turmoil and Eternity – Light Polluted Skies Foreground
Turmoil and Eternity – Light Polluted Skies Foreground

The summer Milky Way over the Rhine Falls in Switzerland.

Taking this image has been quite a challenge. In my last post from this iconic place, I already wrote about the huge light pollution produced by the lights along the promenade, the nearby town Neuhausen and Switzerlands densest populated part around Zurich in the south.

Another problem was that the small platform from where I took this image has a dense tree cover. The branches are not only framing the image, they were also blocking the view of Polaris and thus made it impossible to properly polar align my tracker. I therefore had to eyeball allignment with the help of my compass and some markers in the foreground, which fortunately worked surprisingly well.

What looks like a normal frame in landscape orientation, is a panorama, consisting of over 100 exposures that took about 1h 15min to capture.

Prints available: ralf-rohner.pixels.com

EXIF
20 panel panorama
Canon EOS 6D astro modified
Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
nachtlicht° light pollution filter

Foreground:
11 panels, each a stack of 5 x 40s @ISO1600 f/2.8
Sky:
9 panels, each a stack of 6 x 40s @ISO1600 f/2.8

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Ralf Rohner

Airline pilot and avid astrophotographer

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