Enchanted Skies


Milky Way Widefield (imaged near Fort Davis, TX)

Milky Way Wide Field Map of Region in Photo


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The rising Milky Way is one of the highlights of each year's Texas Star Party. Skies are so dark that many first-timers (myself included) have thought that storm clouds are approaching.

I imaged the region - from Scorpius to Cygnus - using color and Ha. I tried to process this image to look as it appears visually except for the Ha color addition.

The image was taken at the 2014 Texas Star Party.

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Canon T2i (type 1 modified)
Astronomik 12nm EOS Ha clip-in filter.
Misc. Optics:
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. Used at f/2.8

Color: 22 x 120 seconds @ ISO 1600
Ha: 22 x 240 seconds @ ISO 3200

Images converted to tifs using Photoshop CS5. Nebulosity used to stack the images. Additional processing (curves, sharpening) with PS CS5.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)