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"Tranquility under Busy Skies"

A very tranquil campsite under the starry skies of the Swiss Alps, but make no mistake: there is quite some action in the sky.
While Milky Way is moving majestetically through the night and the planets Saturn and Mars seemingly follow it, a high atmosperic phenomenon called red sprite, is making a fleeting appearance.
Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds,giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are usually triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground.
Sprites appear as luminous reddish flashes. They often occur in clusters above the troposphere at an altitude range of 50–90 km (31–56 mi). Sporadic visual reports of sprites go back at least to 1886, but they were first photographed on July 6, 1989 by scientists from the University of Minnesota.
Sprites are sometimes inaccurately called upper-atmospheric lightning. However, sprites are cold plasma phenomena that lack the hot channel temperatures of tropospheric lightning, so they are more akin to fluorescent tube discharges than to lightning discharges.

EXIF
Canon EOS 6D, astro modified
Samyang 24mm f/1,4
iOptron Skytracker Pro
Low Level Lighting

Panorama with 4 stacked panels:
Sky
2 x 6 exposures of 30s @ ISO 1600, tracked
Forground
6 x 30s @ ISO 1600
Reflection
6 x 30s @ ISO 1600, tracked

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"Tranquility under Busy Skies"

A very tranquil campsite under the starry skies of the Swiss Alps, but make no mistake: there is quite some action in the sky. 
While Milky Way is moving majestetically through the night and the planets Saturn and Mars seemingly follow it, a high atmosperic phenomenon called red sprite, is making a fleeting appearance. 
Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds,giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are usually triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. 
Sprites appear as luminous reddish flashes. They often occur in clusters above the troposphere at an altitude range of 50–90 km (31–56 mi). Sporadic visual reports of sprites go back at least to 1886, but they were first photographed on July 6, 1989 by scientists from the University of Minnesota. 
Sprites are sometimes inaccurately called upper-atmospheric lightning. However, sprites are cold plasma phenomena that lack the hot channel temperatures of tropospheric lightning, so they are more akin to fluorescent tube discharges than to lightning discharges.

EXIF
Canon EOS 6D, astro modified
Samyang 24mm f/1,4
iOptron Skytracker Pro
Low Level Lighting

Panorama with 4 stacked panels:
Sky
2 x 6 exposures of 30s @ ISO 1600, tracked
Forground
6 x 30s @ ISO 1600
Reflection
6 x 30s @ ISO 1600, tracked

#NightScaper #astrophotography #nightsky #milkyway #newmilkyway #starphotography #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightphotography_exclusive #astrophoto #astrophotography #astrophotographer #longexposureoftheday #natgeospace #supreme_nightshots #nightview #starrynight #starscape #timelessuniverse #fantastic_universe #night_excl #LowLevelLighting #nightphotographypros #longexpo_addiction #super_photolongexpo #astrography_ 
#milkywaygrams #FindingDarkness #ig_switzerland #ig_swiss #blickheimat!

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@vincentzhangyi

Hope to see red spirits some day in real life, this is incredible!

@chanceallred

That scene is beauitful, great shot!

@skypointer2000

You won't be dying due to lack of language skills here. The high alpine environment has other dangers... 🤣

@skypointer2000

@isaac_an_adventurer The language won't be a problem. What I try to say is that in the better known places many people speak speak English very well, but also off the besten track you'll be able find some poeple who speak a little bit

@isaac_an_adventurer

@skypointer2000 one last reply and I’ll be off bothering. But where this is, isn’t tourist-y though, I wouldn’t imagine. This is the kinda thing I would imagine it be very hard to do as a non resident. That’s also really good! A man of many many talents

@skypointer2000

@isaac_an_adventurer You should be allright with English. We learn it in school, so most people have some basic knowledge and in the touristic regions it is no problem anyway.

@isaac_an_adventurer

@skypointer2000 wow! Great to know! I am trying to learn basic Duestch before I try to go in the fall or winter. If I don’t pick it up enough to save myself are they excellent enough in English for me to survive? I know they have 4 primary languages. But since you’re the most recent to go there..

@skypointer2000

@isaac_an_adventurer Actually this place has Bortle 3 skies, which is about as good as it gets in Switzerland. You should be able to capture the MW in most places in the Swiss Alps that are a bit away from the main villages. The conditions are not as perfect as e.g. in remote places in the US Southwest, where I shoot quite often, but it is still mostly good.

@isaac_an_adventurer

What I wish to do. I thought looking at light pollution maps at the Swiss Alps would be a no go!? But wow NOPE I am wrong of course.

@trailingthelight

Moody one 😸 love it 👍

@skypointer2000

@markjpolsenphotography Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

@markjpolsenphotography

@skypointer2000 ahhhhhhh that changes it up!

@skypointer2000

@markjpolsenphotography I just learned that they are mostly emitting at wavelenths higher than 650nm. You therefore need a H-alpha modded camera to really capture them.

@markjpolsenphotography

Great image and capture! Sprites are on my list as a phenomina i hope to capture one day!

@skypointer2000

@vinikrish Thank you very much!

@joel_lauterbach

Quite vivid! And informative!!👍👍

@skypointer2000

@josiahwilliamweitzel You can still use a H-alpha modded camera for daylight work, but you have to manually change WB in every image. A second camera is therefore very useful.

@josiahwilliamweitzel

@skypointer2000 - That makes sense. I’ve looked into modding my 6D, but I would want a second camera before I made that leap.

@skypointer2000

@josiahwilliamweitzel Actually it is only VERY weak in the TL frames and will not be visible in a movie, as it is just on one frame and hardly visible. I would not have noticed it, if I was not looking for it by comparing the time of the exposure. But it is definately there. I think it shows up so prominent in my still because my 6D is astro modified and therefor much more sensitive in the reds compared to my TL camers, an unmodded EOS 7D mk ll.

@josiahwilliamweitzel

@skypointer2000 - You have a time lapse from this spot too?! That’s incredible- that would be really cool to see.

@skypointer2000

@josiahwilliamweitzel Thankls a lot! I did not believe my luck when I saw the sprite on my LCD when while checking my focus, but I was not 100% sure that it was real. Only the day after, when I discovered the same flames on two frames of a Time Lapse that I shot with another camera, was I sure that this was not some wierd lens flare.

@vinikrish

Wonderfully captured 👌

@skypointer2000

@brunzolini Danke! Die Location habe ich glaub ich jemandem abgeschaut... ;-)

@j.lopez1989

Awesome ❤️👏

@josiahwilliamweitzel

This is superb! The location, composition, editing are all on point. I think this would get a perfect 5 on an @fstoppers critique.
And thanks for the nugget of knowledge - I hope to capture sprites one day!

@bernhard_enzenhofer

Wow! Hammer! 😍 Gratulation! 👍

@brunzolini

isch ja geil! sehr cool...und natürlich tolle Location!! 👍🤓

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