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More from the Summer…

Another shot from this past August, over in the wilds of Pennsyltucky…

That red slash in the lower right is an airplane.
Of which there were many…

Like, I mean, like, OMG, totally heaps and bunches…

At the height of the annual Perseid meteor shower, there are many pictures I shot with gobs more airplanes than meteors…

GOBS more…

Rackum frackum…!!!

For those of you interested, I was shooting in a little place called Cherry Springs State Park, which is a certified Gold Dark Skies Sight…

As certified by those who’ve taken it upon themselves to do the certifying…

Now, I’m not one to go about poo-pooing the work of those who do the things I most certainly feel needs doing…
Especially when it’s so vitally important to a hobby near and dear to my heart…

But the level of light pollution in PA was much more pronounced than it was in Wyoming two summers ago, now… and which is not a certifiable dark sky site… gold or otherwise…

Take the following, for example…

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The light pollution, indicated by the yellow spots near the bottom, are Jackson Hole, The Lodge on Jackson Lake, and some other little Jackson hole in the road… as represented from brightest to darkest.

And now we have the following…

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… where the yellow is indicative of, as near as I can figure, the entire state of Pennsyltucky, and most of them there eastern Untied States of ‘Merica…

As always, your mileage may vary with the quality of seeing.
And the fact that in Wyoming, I was shooting from a fairly protected area, with the galaxy rising over mountains just buckets of thousands of feet in elevation… which does wonders for blocking any offending light from further south of those said mountains.

While in PA I was only shooting over some trees… and subject to a constant (though gentle) breeze… which did wonders for keeping the mosquitoes off of me, but made for less than desirable picture clarity on longer exposures.
So the quality of seeing was, to say the least, variable…

Still…
The skies were dark enough to get shots of the galaxy.

 

Which is a lot more than I can say for the skies around here…

 

 

 

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4 Comments

    • It’s not at all possible here in the metro New York area, either…
      This shot entailed quite a bit of travel just to get to a place where one can only hope that the weather co-operates…
      Thank you for your kind words.

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