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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon EF 28 f/1.8

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss X2

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Resolution: 4272x2848

Dates: June 7, 2014

Frames: 1x10" ISO1600

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.43 days

Avg. Moon phase: 61.02%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00

RA center: 283.662 degrees

DEC center: -28.825 degrees

Pixel scale: 37.539 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 167.442 degrees

Field radius: 26.762 degrees

Locations: Manhattan - NY, New York, NY, United States


APOD June 14, 2014

The conditions were "good", clear sky (at 11km surprise me if it were the contrary), zero light pollution (Bortle 0), the problems were mostly technical: make a long exposure on something that moves at 598 mph (960 km/h).
The only solution was to make an exposure as short as possible, but capturing enough light, so I used a 28mm f1.8 wide open, setting the canon to 1600iso ( the maximum for my 450D) trusting that then during the post-processing maybe I could push to 3200 or 6400iso, for the exposition I went to attempts from 30 seconds down, I took 93 pictures of which only one good (with 10 sec exposure).
To obtain the highest possible stability I put the Gorillapod between the armrest and the fuselage, covering me with a blanket to block all reflections coming from inside.

Image taken on board a British Airways 747-400 on a flight from New York to London.
Time: 01:00 NY time zone
Location: Over the Atlantic Ocean, about 220 miles (350 km) from Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Altitude: 37000 ft (11000 m)
Speed: 598 mph (962 kmh)
Outside Temperature: - 68° F (-55° C)

Canon EF 28 f1.8 @ f1.8
Canon EOS 450D, 10 sec, 1600 ISO


Alessandro Merga...
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Milky Way on board a 747, over the Atlantic Ocean, Alessandro Merga - ALEXx360