I was finishing up this image when I started to think about potato chips and I made a connection (ok, so cut me some slack - it's 12:38am Saturday night after a looooong work week). I'm down to the crumbs at the bottom of the bag with the remaining images from my trip to New Mexico. Flawed yet still flavorful. I won't be embarrassed - I'm reaching in and licking my fingers.
This image of M16, M17 was taken on the very first night I had *any* clear skies. I took 35 images before I was clouded out. In the end I only had 18 minutes of usable sub-frames. It was also the first image with my 100mm lens and I didn't quite hit focus - I was in a rush because of the clouds. Pity.
I really like these wide fields. Might have something to do with having done so much visual astronomy over the years where a 1 degree field is HUGE. This image is like 7x10 degrees.
A forest for the trees kind of thing. It looks much nicer if you click the image to get the full crop.
|A forest full of stars.|
M16, M17 region
Taken at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico August 3rd, 2010
Canon T2i (stock), 100mm EF-L @ f3.2
Astrotrac Travel System mount
Imaging temperature range: 61F
18 60sec exposures @ ISO3200
60 darks, 28 flats (1/5" ISO 100) 30 flatdarks
pre-processed and stacked in Nebulosity
post-processed in PS4