Heavan's Above, Co. Donegal, Ireland

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Heavan's Above, Co. Donegal, Ireland
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Milky Way over Dunlewy Church, Co. Donegal. Ireland

The Milky Way arches over the abandoned church in Dunlewy, Co. Donegal during an exceptionally clear night sky in late September 2020. I live in one of the wettest parts of Ireland and it's rare to get a clear sky and even better to get no wind. This is a composite of 46 individual frames of the night sky and one single image for the church. A 35mm lens was used for the night sky frames with a 1 minute exposure at F2.0 and ISO 800. for each frame. The astrotracer function on the Pentax K1 proved essential for these captures; although I have only just discovered that the astrotracer isn't working correctly on one of my K1 bodies.

Frames were initially processed in Lightroom and a mosaic made using PTGui. The final mosaic of the 46 frames is about 30,728 by 21,189 pixels in dimensions; equivalent to a single 651 million pixel image! I had to lower the resolution for the forum.

I would appreciate any feedback; especially on the colour rendition. I think that it might be a bit too vivid and a tad too blue. But non-astronomical people seem to prefer colourful night sky images.

Martin

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Panasonic LX100 Pentax K-5 IIs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Pentax K-1 Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO +8 more
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