N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ...
Comet 46P/Wirtanen and Pleiades/Messier 45 together in the sky. Congratulations to Scott Aspinall. “Upon hearing news of Wirtanen I loaded Wirtanen into Stellarium and took a look at where it would be in relation to some of my favourite deep sky objects. I noted that this shot would be possible the night of December 13th, 2018. I went out to some dark skies in south central Saskatchewan and waited for the moon to set and then started my exposures. This is about was about an hour of shooting using my Nikon D800e and 85mm lens. The dark skies, combined with the fact that this region is almost overhead at this time of year at 50 degrees N latitude, helped reveal some of the dust in that appears in this region as well,” says Scott. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery.
TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Tracked / Stacked - 22 exposures, stacked • Nikon D800e + 85mm f/1.8 + @ Star Adventurer Tracker • each stacked exposure: 2.5 minutes, f/3.3, ISO 1600 • “I blended one of those exposures back in in order to make Wirtanen's center sharp again. In an hour it does move more than expected.” • Cropped from about 7,300 pixels to about 5,500.
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