Panoramas aren't always horizontal. This vertical view starts on the banks of the North Skykomish River, continues over Heybrook Lookout and Mt. Index, then ascends to the heavens in the sky.
A capture of the Milky Way crossing behind a tree viewed from the banks of the North Skykomish River near Index, WA.
Eventually, the Milky Way ended up nearly vertical above the mountain ridge.
The night was so dark I could clearly see the Milky Way arching above us. I decided to take a few photographs to combine in a panorama mosaic.
A Starlink satellite train is an eerie thing to witness. It looks like a string of pearls or white dots moving in a straight line that terminates in earth's shadow. This is the first time I caught one on camera. This is 5 45-second exposures stacked together.
Despite heavy wind gusts and a bright moon just below the horizon, the arch of the Milky Way was clearly visible above the lights of the Inn at Otter Crest facing east from the grassy field.
The arch of the Milky Way began to descend as I swung my camera south. The horizon was already brightening from the moon. The glow to the south is the town of Newport. Taken from Cape Foulweather.
A view of the Milky Way from the Inn at Otter Crest looking Southeast towards Newport.
The evening of July 4th was exceptionally clear in Otter Rock, Oregon. Although the moon would still be fairly bright, there was a window of opportunity to image after it got dark around 11pm and before the moon rose at midnight. I could just barely see the Milky Way rise to the north above Cape Foulweather.
My answer to the question: can you capture the Milky Way during a full moon? Sure, but why go through the trouble? Dark skies rule, but clear skies can be forgiving. Although the moon was right in front of the Milky Way, I shot it directly for 45 seconds at my lowest ISO. You can clearly see lens flare, dark spots from dust on the lens, and our own galaxy.
I stacked a time lapse that ran watching slight south of directly up as I went about my astrophotography routine. This is the beautiful edge of our galaxy it captured.
The fruits of our labour: spotting the fiery glow of the Milky Way as it rises like smoke on the hoirzon.
The Milky Way arching across the sky above Mt. Baring.
The Milky Way rises over the horizon across from the Hornbeck Homestead in Florissant, Colorado.
The beautiful Milky Way stretches across the sky low to the east as seen from the parking lot of the Hornbeck Homestead in Florissant Fossil Beds National Park (Colorado).
A capture of the Milky Way from a park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I took this shot to commemorate my friends' dive as they approached their milestone of 300 dives together. The blue lights in the water are their dive lights.
This is one of two shots taken from a tiki bar called Macabuca using my camera propped up on a lens cap on the railing for stability.
The Milky Way stretches into space over the top of a ridge seen from Snoqualmie Point Park in Washington.
The rich colors of nebulae and stars shine against the backdrop of the Milky Way from Index, WA.
The Milky Way captured from Snoqualmie Point Park.
The Milky Way looms over a field by the Paint Mines in Colorado.
I live in Bortle 7 as of this picture and therefore cannot see the Milky Way even in a single exposure. However, using a high end tracking mount I was able to combine 89 2-minute exposures and resolve the Milky Way through stacking.
Gear: Svbony sv503 70ED 70mm (420mm f/7 or 336mm f/5 with reducer) doublet refractor, Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless camera, assorted Samyang manual focus lenses, Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi 'go to' mount, Manfrotto tripod. Targets: Milky Way, Moon, SpaceX Crew-5 Dragon trunk, M13, Orion constellation, Venus, and Antares region with part of Rho Ophiuchi.
2023-05-05 00:00:00 +0000
Timelapse of time spent taking timed captures of the sky looking south from Cape Foulweather. To the left is the Inn at Otter Crest, further down is the Yaquina Head lighthouse, and the glow in the distance is my new hometown, Newport.
2023-10-03 00:00:00 +0000
A group of photographers summited Heybrook Lookout seeking dark skies. After dealing with cold winds, thunderstorms, and an encounter with a black bear, they almost lost hope. Then the skies cleared, and the Milky Way unfurled.
2023-06-23 00:00:00 +0000
Collage of planets, galaxies, nebulae, and more that I captured in 2022. From Saturn and Andromeda to Thor's Helmet and the Milky Way.
2022-12-20 00:00:00 +0000
A timelapse of the Milky Way moving across the horizon looking towards Shaw Island from Orcas Island. Includes a cameo from the Andromeda Galaxy.
2023-08-12 00:00:00 +0000
Timelapse from a shoot of the Milky Way on the banks of the Skykomish River in Index, WA.
2023-07-16 00:00:00 +0000