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Glowy Stars

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Alen Koebel

Glowy Stars

This image was taken on a night when high, thin clouds unexpectedly drifted through the field half-way through the total run of sub-exposures. In fact, they drifted through the entire sky (completely contrary to the prediction of the Clear Sky Chart) and prevented any decent imaging for the rest of the night. The result in this image, the only one I ended up taking that night, was glowy stars reminiscent of what you get if you intentionally use a diffusion filter ala Akira Fuji. Artistic, yes. What I wanted, no. This is called making lemonade out of lemons.

_Imager: Pentax K-3II DSLR (APS-C). _Lens: SMC Pentax-M 100mm f/2.8 @ f/4 _Exposure: 18 minutes (54 x 20s @ ISO 1600). _Tracking: Astrotracer (built in) _Date: August 31, 2019. _Location: Near Conestogo Lake, Ontario, Canada. _Sky Conditions: Really poor transparency!

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