February is not only the time when I usually enjoy my skiing vacation, it is also the time when the Milky Way core becomes visible again in the early morning.
Luckily the weather was perfect for my preferred pastimes this year and I was able to greet the dark horse and colorful Scorpius from my favorite haunt on Mt. Tschuggen in Arosa, Switzerland.
Contrary to my former visits, when I shot wide angle panoramas close to the decommissioned observatory, I decided to shoot it from farther away and with a longer focal length. I like how this perspective emphasizes the size of our home galaxy.
Getting out of bed at 3 a.m. after a long day of skiing and snowshoeing 40min up to this spot took quite a bit of willpower, but seeing my beloved Milky Way rising for the first time after 5 month, was an overwhelming experience and was well worth the effort.
At daybreak it was time to hike down again and after a hearty breakfast, I was ready for another day of skiing…
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Canon EOS 6D astro modified
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 50mm
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Stack of 10 x 30s @ISO1600, tracked
Stack of 7 x 30s @ISO1600