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Milky Way from Pic du Midi Observatory


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About this observation
Dr Ollie Garrett
Time of observation
25/08/2016 - 21:56
Milky Way
Observing location
Pic du Midi Observatory, Pyrenees, France
Canon 550D DSLR
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens
30 secs f4.5 ISO800
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This is one of a series of pictures (looking SSW across the Pyrenees towards Spain) captured during a visit to the Pic du Midi Observatory in 2016. Conditions were remarkable with excellent sky quality, seeing and transparency.

The image is a single 30 second exposure from a tripod mounted and unmodified DSLR so the stars are trailed and parts of the galaxy are not very well resolved. Having processed my images, I was quite shocked by the level of light pollution in the view from a remote mountain top at an elevation of nearly 3000 metres!

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