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Milkyway Photography from a Dark Site in New Mexico!

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#1 Techristianjr

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 11:34 PM

Hi All,

 

I went to a dark location in central new mexico and got several shots of the milkyway! I produced a final stacked image with a goto tracking mount and a small widefield setup I rigged together.

 

I also made a timelapse of the milkyway as I imaged.

 

I have a YouTube video that documents my journey and shows the views of the land and more milkyway shots, check it out at the link below!

 

https://youtu.be/cBYCkyAI8CU

 

Thanks and clear skies!

 

AstroEd


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:47 AM

That was great, - thanks.


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#3 Techristianjr

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:20 AM

Thank you!

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 01:53 PM

Okay, that's it: I am moving to New Mexico!! :)

Nice video, thanx!

 

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#5 Ron (Lubbock)

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 04:14 PM

The darkest place I have ever observed and imaged was .... Capitan Gap in south-central New Mexico.   I seriously think a person with good vision could see 8th magnitude stars with the unaided eye.  There were so, so many tiny meteorites visible that you just don't see from  lower elevations.  It made my Bortle 2 dark sites in Texas look like CRAP.

 

Around 1:00 AM, I noticed a bright white fog bank on the horizon toward Roswell that was seemingly getting closer.  I started cursing and asking how something like that could be moving westward.  Then I realized that it was the Milky Way.  Yeah, blazing white with an elevation of only a few degrees above the horizon.  Unbelievable.

 

This area also has tremendous history with Smoky the Bear being found at this exact spot in 1950, and legends of Billy the Kid using the gap as a getaway route.  If only I lived close enough to still go there in the summer!

 

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#6 Techristianjr

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 09:40 PM

Thanks for sharing that, Ron. Very cool story! I had a similar experience so that is very cool to hear your perspective! Thanks!

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 10:04 PM

I watched your video, and it brought back some very good memories!   Thanks so much for posting  it.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 04:23 PM

I watched your video, and it brought back some very good memories!   Thanks so much for posting  it.

Awesome! Thanks for watching :)




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