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February 4, 2012
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Moonlight Trails by CapturingTheNight Moonlight Trails by CapturingTheNight
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I finally get a reasonably clear night after over a month of waiting and what do you know, the moon is too full to do any meaningful deep sky telescope work. I decided the night was to good to waste though so I setup for a startrail. I started out with one pointing East at the meridian so I would have stars radiating up from the horizon, but about an hour into the sequence I was on an aurora prediction website and there was a really strong auroral oval around the poles stretching nearly to Australia. On the very slight chance that this would continue to expand and reach my location I changed positions and started shooting south. No aurora but here is the resulting startrail. Foreground is lit from the light of the moon.

Canon 60D
Tamron 10-24mm Lens @10mm
ISO 320
Aperture F/3.5
30 second exposures x 192
Stacked in "Startrails.exe"
Final processing in PS CS3
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johnnyronnie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Artist
i would love to see this for real. Your photography is out of this world !!!
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D (Big Grin)
PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful photo ! Great job
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very glad you like it Pierre :D Thank you
QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Man I'm tired from faving your great and awesome work XD
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Your continued support of my work is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much :D
EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
you´re welcome
12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Hmm I've been pondering this one for a couple of days now. I really like the shot, and the composition is great. The foreground is beautifully lit too. I just can't help feel that those trails look like they were just "stuck on". I think its just because of the high amount of moonlight affecting the sky and foreground that makes it feel that way. Like I say, overall I like the photo, its just a lil odd feeling when you look at it for too long. I think I'm just over analysing!

Anyway, what really strikes me about this image in particular is the seeming much higher concentration of orange stars in your sky compared to ours. Also top left of the image is that one of your Magellanic Clouds? seems to be a large number of stars in one area.

AnnnnnywhhooO! I hope I'm not being over critical here, if I am just blame the moon for the whole thing. Its ruining everything good right now!
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