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Magnus Eisengrim
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What you see above is the largest true-color photograph of the night sky ever created, shot by 28-year-old amateur astrophotographer Nick Risinger using six astronomical cameras. It’s not just the view of the sky from one location, but is instead a 360-panoramic view of the sky taken by trekking 60,000 miles across the western United States and South Africa starting in March 2010. The final image is composed of 37,000 separate photographs. Check out the massive zoomable high-definition version of the photo here.

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Just WOW! I love it when amateurs pull off something like this- guess 'cause I am an amateur at so many things...
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It's pretty cool, but I'm wondering why the images don't rotate around Polaris? Maybe I'm limiting my thinking as Earthlings are often known to do. Smile
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I think he would have had to stay in the Northern Hemisphere and circle the North Pole [not closely, but you see what I'm saying] in order for Polaris to be centered in the photograph.
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No matter where he is, using long exposures causes stars to go in streaks. Tested a 3 minute exposure and got streaks. He is probably using very sensitive ISO and he uses the so called 600 rule, which gives you the max time you can have your shutter open before streaking occurs. I am by no means an expert but I believe those methods are used.
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On 2013-12-16 15:36, mvmagic wrote:
No matter where he is, using long exposures causes stars to go in streaks. Tested a 3 minute exposure and got streaks. He is probably using very sensitive ISO and he uses the so called 600 rule, which gives you the max time you can have your shutter open before streaking occurs. I am by no means an expert but I believe those methods are used.


He would be using an equatorially mounted camera. It would have a motor that rotates at the speed of the earth's rotation, and the camera would be tilted to the angle of latitude.

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The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Oh yes that too is an option. Of that I know even less, just know rigs like that exist. Whatever he has used, it is a stunning picture!
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Mighty mighty amazin'!
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... and then you realize that so many of those little white dots are galaxies...
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