Milky Way over Longs Peak
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Location: Frederick, CO CO US
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I've been a Nikonian for a couple years, but this is the first post of a photo for me. I'm fortunate enough to live an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park, so a week and a half ago decided to use Longs Peak and its neighbors to make my second attempt at the Milky Way.

D610, 17-55 at 17mm, f2.8, 25 secs, ISO 3200. This is a three-image composite stitched together vertically in Microsoft ICE to give it more height, processed in Lightroom.

Comments welcome.

· Date: Sun 5-October-2014 · Views: 1041 · Filesize: 144.9KB, 1431.0KB · Dimensions: 818 x 1800 ·
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Keywords: Milky Way over Longs Peak
Camera: D610
Lens & Filters: 17-55
Film and/or ISO: 3200
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter speed: 25
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
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Location: Charlotte NC US
Posts: 7
Sun 05-October-2014 11:26 Rating: 10 

Oh my gosh! What an amazing picture...... You have motivated me to get out there and try some night shots..... THANK YOU!!!
Piotr Nabzdyk

Location: Poznan PL
Posts: 10
Fri 16-January-2015 05:51 Rating: 10 

25 seconds. Beautiful. Do you use ant\y sky tracker to avoid the movement of the stars?

Location: Frederick, CO CO US
Posts: 13
Wed 08-April-2015 07:42


Just noticed your question, haven't checked in here in a while. I have an iOptron Skytracker, but did not use it for this shot. This was done mounted on a tripod. I've used the iOptron for a couple shots, Andromeda and Orion, but little else. Frankly, I'm pushing its load capacity with my setup. iOptron came out with another camera mount, the Skyguider, not long after I bought the Skytracker. It has a capacity of 11 lbs (5kg) vs. 7.7 lbs. Had I known it was coming, I would have waited, though I may ultimately go to a telescope and mount the camera to it. Thanks.