Photographers are famous for their patience. I always wonder at their ability to spend hours on end just waiting for the perfect moment to capture a single image, with no guarantee that the moment they are waiting for would ever arrive!
Well, Craig Richards spent four hours working on the image below, hoping that all conditions would be just right, as the moon was setting and the stars rising, the skies had to be clear, and the winter weather had to cooperate. Mr. Richards explained what he was up against:
An image such as this requires lots of variables to be in place including the right time of year for the Milky Way to be seen off the east coast.
This tends to be during February through to mid-May — any later with the early rising sun, you get to much ‘sun’ pollution in the night sky at around the time you’d expect to see the Milky Way.
No moon, as the moon sheds too much light into the night sky and of course clear skies.
Oh, there was also the cold to fight against:
It was a bitterly cold night. I needed a big winter jacket, winter trousers, big boots, gloves, hat and of course my flask of coffee!
Eventually, after an all-nighter, Mr. Richards packed up at 5:30, stopped at a McDonald’s for a “well-deserved breakfast and cappuccino” and finally got home. And here is the fascinating result of his hard work. (Scroll down for incredible videos of our galaxy.)
And here are the videos:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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