Among the best and the brightest by BenCoffman

*I teach my in-field and post-processing techniques in workshops; I just announced my 2016 night-sky workshop schedule Check my website for details*

This one’s from an early-morning jaunt to capture this scene at Lost Lake. Recent winds mean there were a lot of trees down in that area, which made the drive up (and even the walk in) take a little longer than normal.

Pictured are the planets Jupiter, Mars, and Venus (from top to bottom, over Mt Hood). The star just below Venus (the brightest object in this photo) is Spica.

Thanks for giving it a look!

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Southern Sky by frank_delargy

Panoramic view of the Milky Way with the crescent moon, Jupiter and Venus on the right. Taken from the Florida Keys on Saturday evening.
Exposure is 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and f/2.8. Multiple images at 16mm focal length stitched together then processed in Lightroom and Photoshop with some NIK filters to add some definition.
Looks much better on black background. Click on image or press H.

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