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Contains:  IC 4756, NGC 6604, IC 4701, M 8, Lagoon nebula, Hourglass nebula, NGC 6523, M 7, NGC 6475, NGC 6383, NGC 6357, NGC 6281, The star Media (δSgr), Cheleb (βOph), The star Cebalrai, The star Ascella (ζSgr), The star Lesath (υSco), The star Sabik (ηOph), The star εSco, The star Nunki (σSgr), The star Rasalhague (αOph), The star Kaus Australis (εSgr), The star Shaula (λSco), Part of the constellation Serpens (Ser), Part of the constellation Scorpius (Sco), Part of the constellation Sagittarius (Sgr), Part of the constellation Ophiuchus (Oph), Part of the constellation Corona Austrina (CrA), The constellation Scutum (Sct), Part of the constellation Aquila (Aql)
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Milky Way Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, 


            Van H. McComas
Milky Way Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

Technical card

Resolution: 3167x5153

Date:May 15, 2019

Time: 03:30

Frames: 7

Focal length: 16

Seeing: 4

Transparency: 9 job: 2698615

RA center: 271.738 degrees

DEC center: -8.269 degrees

Pixel scale: 46.281 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 1.238 degrees

Field radius: 38.881 degrees

Data source: Traveller


Milky Way Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

I have waited over a year for the conditions to be right and on Wednesday morning, May 15th, 2019 “all the stars aligned” and I was able to get this image. I had to wait for the 84% Moon to get below 20 degree in the west and the Milky Way to rise and then I had about an hour window for imaging. I only used 30 minutes, starting shooting at 3:20 am and finishing up at 3:50 am. I had to drive 150 miles (241 km) to get to this spot on the Blue Ridge Mountains (38° 4’ 7” North - 78° 48’ 9” West) but it was worth it.

I used the Modified Canon T7i with the Rokinon 16 mm lens, f/2.4, ISO 800, 30 seconds. I shot 21 images but only stacked the last seven where the sky was the darkest.

I hope you enjoy this image of an early morning spring Milky Way.



Van H. McComas
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Milky Way Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, 


            Van H. McComas

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