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Dimensions3882 x 5633
Original file size2.72 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Beauty and Devestation

Beauty and Devestation

This was taken on the evening of Aug 4, 2023 at West Lake, close to the RASC Prince George observatory and it required 3 separate exposures to be able to capture all of the elements. Since the aurora is bright and moving, I took a 4 second exposure and that made the milky way and the foreground extremely underexposed. To get as much detail as I could out of the milky way, I used a star tracker to track the sky and stacked the shots for noise reduction, tracking made the aurora and the foreground blurry. To get as much detail from the foreground as I could, I took a single 2 minute exposure making the aurora blurry and the milky way trail. The devastation part of the image is the wildfire smoke along the horizon that took over the skies a few days later and there haven't been many clear nights since, the rising moon illuminated the smoke cloud.

Nikon D5300
Samyang 14mm 2.8 lens
Skywatcher Star Adventurer
Sky 10 x 60 second exposures
Foreground 1 x 120 second exposure
Aurora 1 x 4 second exposure
Processed with Photoshop and Pixinsight