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The Summer Triangle, 


            Matt Harbison

The Summer Triangle

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Mounts: Gitzo Tripod

Software: PixInsight  ·  Adobe Photoshop photoshop PS

Dates:July 1, 2016

Frames: 72x300" (6h)

Integration: 6h

Avg. Moon age: 26.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.70%

Basic astrometry details job: 1136540

Resolution: 620x201

Locations: Cloudland Canyon, Trenton, Georgia, United States


"The Summer Triangle"

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Just stop for a second and look up.

Look at all those points of light. Stars, some Suns like our own, some 100 times the size of our own. Scientists now believe most stars host planets, and even some are capable of containing life.

This makes me feel very tiny, yet so connected.

The Summer Triangle is an "asterism" including the brightest three stars in the constellations Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra. The stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega usher in the summer Milky Way. The best view of our our galactic core as we swing around on the Orion arm or "Orion Spur", as it's often called. We’re located close to the inner rim of this spiral arm, about halfway along its length. From the constellation Sagittarius at its apex to Cassiopeia at the base, the photo highlights our edge on view of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Photo details:
72 photos stacked and stitched taken with a star tracker (6 photos per 12 panels) and 3 minutes of integration at ISO 800 with a 50mm lens. Calibrated and stacked in Pixinsight. Stitched and exported in PS. Taken during the last quarter moon at Fall Creek Falls State Park. A few clouds streamed overhead and left their mark on the photo, but I felt it added a bit of weight to the photo.



The Summer Triangle, 


            Matt Harbison