Milky Way over Wade, Maine

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Milky Way over Wade, Maine captured by Merienda Mendoza
Milky Way over Wade, Maine captured by Merienda Mendoza

The Milky Way captured by Merienda Mendoza over Wade, Maine on 5/28/2017. Each Spring, the Milky Way begins to climb above the horizon and is at its best viewing during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people will never get the chance to see our galaxy in the night sky due to wide-spread light pollution. Fortunately for those living in Northern Maine, this is not the case! A short drive outside the lights of our small towns on a clear moonless night provides for great viewing experience!

To capture a great photo of the Milky Way, be sure to bring your wide-angle lens so you can capture as much of the sky as possible! Merienda uses a 14mm Rokinon f/2.8.  The f/2.8 is important because it lets in a lot of light. Photographing the night sky is all about capturing light. The more you can capture in a giving amount of time, the better! Set your camera to manual focus (at infinity) and manual exposure. Select an ISO somewhere in the 2000 or 3000 range (experiment to see what looks good on your camera). Your exposure time will depend on the focal length of your lens. Use the 500 Rule to calculate it.  For a 14mm lens on a full frame camera you’ll typically be in the neighborhood of 30 seconds.  A tripod is also essential to avoid camera shake during the long exposure.

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