I'm a very haphazard photographer. I rarely, if ever, have any concept of how a shot will come out, or set out to capture a particular scene in a particular way. I wave the camera around vaguely, and am either pleasantly surprised, or faintly dismissive, of the results. Except this one. This is getting close to the image I wanted to see. It's not perfect, by a long way, but I'm pleased that it adheres at all to my original idea.
There's so much going on here. As a backdrop, the Milky Way core, and the Dark Horse nebula. A couple of cluster galaxies along the bottom edge. To the left, the Great Sagittarius Cluster, then moving right, Saturn, and the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae. Above them, 2 more clusters, the Omega and Eagle nebulae, then moving down and right again, yet another cluster, and somewhere meandering around, the asteroid Vesta. Finally, towards the bottom right, Antares, one of the largest known stars, and the other stars of Scorpio. Surrounding Antares, the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.
Beaulieu River, southern UK, last night.
Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm f4 zoom @ 32mm and f4
4 x 90-second exposures @ ISO3200, light dark and bias frames stacked in Nebulosity & processed in Lightroom and Photoshop cc2018.
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