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I shot this in my back yard in northern Maine towards the southeast. The Milky Way, Sirius, Orion, and Jupiter are all visible.
The background is a carefully aligned and stacked image of 6 photos shot at 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200, and 30 seconds for a total overall exposure of 184 seconds. Noise reduction was done from 30 dark frames that I shot with the lens cover on at the same settings to remove hot pixels. At such a wide angle, the outer edges won�t perfectly align.
The star trails are from the first 60 frames of the timelapse covering a 30 minute time period. A lot of work went into selecting just a few of the brightest stars and making the tails fade out like meteors, with the brighter stars having longer trails than the dimmer stars, so they wouldn�t wash out the Milky Way in the background. I think I�ll keep my technique a secret for now though� Enjoy! :-P
November 18th, 2012
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