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N 446 B 11.0K C 32 E Jun 1, 2021 F Mar 31, 2024
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I captured this beautiful chapel in the French part of Switzerland a few years ago with my buddy Benjamin Barakat.

Located in the outskirts of a small town, the chapel is in a bortle 4 area. This definitely isn't a dark sky site, but a great foreground under a less than perfect sky can still yield good results.

The image has been sitting on my hard drive for a long time, but somehow never got published. I think it's time to change that and there's hardly a better release date than Easter for it.

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Canon EOS-Ra
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8
iOptron SkyTracker Pro

Sky:
Panorama from 3 panels, each 7x 45s @ ISO1600

Foreground:
Focus stack from 5x 5s @ ISO400 during twilight

Tags:   Switzerland Swiss@Night Astrophotography Astronomy Nightscape Starscape Long Exposure Night Landscape Canon Canon EOS Ra Tamron Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 iOptron Skytracker Chapel

N 84 B 826 C 8 E Jul 17, 2023 F Mar 26, 2024
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Among the most fascinating things I saw in Namibia, are the nests of the sociable weaver (Philetairus socius), a species of bird in the weaver family, endemic to Southern Africa.

The species builds large, compound, community nests, a rarity among birds. These nests are amongst the largest built by any bird. They are large enough to house over 100 pairs of birds, containing several generations at a time. The nests are highly structured and provide birds with a more advantageous temperature relative to the outside.

When I saw this nest during an afternoon game drive, I knew that I had to come back and shoot it after nightfall. Fortunately, there normally are no predators in this area and the Rhinos we had seen closeby in the afternoon were gone too.

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Canon EOS-R, astro-modified
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 @ 20mm
IDAS NBZ filter
iOptron SkyTracker Pro

Sky:
2 panel panorama, each a stack of 6x 90s @ ISO1600, unfiltered & 3x 180s @ ISO6400, filtered

Foreground:
Focus stack of 5x 8s @ ISO400 during twilight

Tags:   Namibia weaver bird Milchstrasse Milky Way Astrophotography Astronomy Nightscape Starscape Long Exposure Night Landscape Canon Canon EOS R Astro-Modified Narrobanding IDAS NBZ Tamron Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8

N 78 B 903 C 13 E Apr 23, 2020 F Mar 22, 2024
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Naturpark Gantrisch was certified by DarkSky International as the first Dark Sky Park in Switzerland.

www.facebook.com/share/p/c7C1UzDJua4B7Xcm/

I guess there is no better reason to publish this image of me capturing the spring Milky Way during a wonderful night of astrophotography at the Gantrisch in April 2020.

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Canon EOS 6D, astro-modified
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 @ f/2
iOptron SkyTracker Pro

Sky:
Stack of 6x 45s @ ISO1600

Foreground:
Stacked focus stack of 4x5 exposures, each 45s @ ISO1600

Selfie:
Single exposure of 12s @ ISO6400

Tags:   Switzerland Gantrisch Swiss Alps Swiss@Night Nightscape Starscape Astrophotography Astronomy Long Exposure Night Landscape Landscape Astrophotography Canon Canon EOS 6D Samyang SAMYANG 24mm f1.4

N 65 B 842 C 12 E Mar 18, 2024 F Mar 19, 2024
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The colorful Rho Ophichui cloud complex is one the closest star forming regions in our Milky Way and a favorite target for astrophotography. Highlighted by the bright star Antares, the region provides an impressive spectacle of colorful glowing gases, juxtaposed with converging dark rivers of thick dust.

IC 4604 (Rho Ophiuchi Nebula) is a large diffuse nebula of 5th magnitude located in the southwestern corner of the constellation Ophiuchus (Serpent Bearer), surrounding the bright multiple star system ρ (Rho) Ophiuchi. Several regions of bright and dark nebulosity surround the area, which takes its name from ρ Oph.

At the mid-northern lattitudes, I normally work from, it plays a bit hard to get, as it always rides close to the horizon and is only visible for a few hours during nights from spring to mid summer.

During my Namibia trip in 2023, I had the pleasure to shoot this wonderful area riding high in the unspoiled southern hemisphere sky.

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Canon EOS-Ra
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM ll @ 135mm
Equatoriallly mounted Skywatcher AZ-GTI
IDAS 12 filter

30x 90s @ ISO1600, unfiltered & 10x 180s @ ISO6400, filtered

Tags:   Astrophotography Astronomy Deep Space Deep Sky Space Canon Canon EOS Ra Rho Ophiuchi Colors

N 607 B 23.5K C 54 E Jul 12, 2023 F Mar 15, 2024
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I captured this dead tree with its spiral trunk last spring in California's Sierra Nevada. The tree certainly has weathered many seasons before finally succumbing to the harsh conditions in this mountainous area and the stunning form of its trunk is a reminder to its former beauty.

Of course, there is another spiral in this image - a less obvious and very obvious one at the same time: The starry band of the Milky Way in the sky, our spirally home galaxy seen from our vantage point within one of its spiral arms.

The stars of the Milky Way sent out their light long before the dead tree was born and will continue to shine until they die themselves, leaving nothing but stardust behind, the building blocks of which both the dead tree and the photographer shooting and contemplating the scene was formed.

The universe is a stunning place for sure!

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Canon EOS-R, astro-modified by Richard Galli from EOS 4Astro
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 @ 15mm
IDAS NBZ filter
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Sunwayfoto T2840CK tripod

Sky:
Vertical panorama of 2 panels, each a stack of 10x 90s @ ISO1600, unfiltered & 3x 180s @ ISO6400, filtered

Foreground:
Focus stacked panorama of 2 panels, each 3x 15s @ ISO100 during twilight.

Tags:   California Sierra Nevada Tree Astronomy Astrophotography Nightscape Starscape Milky Way Long Exposure Night Landscape Canon EOS R Astro-Modified Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Tamron


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