Look straight up for ten seconds on a good, cloudless, moonless night.  Then close your eyes.  Now do it 99 more times.  Now take the best parts of the best 70 views you remember and turn it into a picture.  That’s called “stacking.”

This image is the first taken with the new camera.  No Time Machine, just a medium wide-angle lens aimed straight up.  100 ten second images were taken, processed on the computer, aligned, registered, and then the best 70 were chosen to be stacked so that they produced the image you see.  Stacking eliminates noise, blinking airplane lights, satellites (sometimes they still sneak in) and bad seeing – mostly.

Except a few more of these over the next few days as I get the new camera zeroed in with what settings make the best images.  Until then, enjoy this one.

The sky as seen straight overhead
The sky as seen straight overhead
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