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Milky Way Barely Visible in Noblesville

22 May 2016, 21:32 UTC
Milky Way Barely Visible in Noblesville
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We had exceptional clear skies in Noblesville, IN on May 16 at 4am. I woke up to let the dogs out and it was like 40 degrees (F) with absolutely no wind. Perfectly clear skies. I saw Saturn and Mars blazing in the tail of Scorpius, and my favorite asterism the celestial teapot in Sagittarius.I tried for a couple Milky Way shots and was surprised I actually could see some nebulosity even from my backyard. Noblesville is NE from downtown Indianapolis, so the light dome from the city is obvious - so seeing ANY part of the Milky Way is pretty cool.Before (R) and After (L) processing in Adobe Camera RAW - not a lot to work with, but the fact that I caught it from my own backyard is pretty cool.Single frame, Canon T5i, ISO 800, 18mm, f/3.5, 13 seconds on fixed tripodSingle frame, Canon T5i, ISO 1600, 18mm, f/3.5, 10 seconds on fixed tripodSingle frame, Canon T5i, ISO 1600, 18mm, f/3.5, 10 seconds on fixed tripodAs you can see, I didn't have much to work with - as soon as I turn the exposure and highlights up, the light pollution washes out the Milky Way. Still a cool ...

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