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Milky way with airflow

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Offline Nathan M

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Milky way with airflow
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:40:02 PM »
Hi, I have seen some amazing pictures of the milky way with air glow at big bend. I know that the best time to see the milky way is during a new moon, but when is it best to see air glow? Is that one of those things where you don't know until you're there? I would love to see the milky way with air glow.

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Re: Milky way with airflow
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 09:53:26 AM »
I've seen greenish air glow when shooting the dark (moonless) skies near light pollution (what little there is out there). This includes Terlingua and parts of BBRSP.

Regarding the latter, the settlements and farms along the river near Redford have lights on at night, and that seems to enhance the air glow if you're in the BBRSP and looking towards those areas.

I've never seen it with my eyes. It only shows up in long, sensitive camera exposures.

But why would you want this? It's a greenish glow (in photos) that doesn't look good and screws up the natural color of the sky.


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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 09:45:37 AM »
Well what I would love to see is pictures like these. Some photos I have seen of the milky way are not bright and glowing like these. Would this just be the core of the milky way? I'm not very knowledgeable yet with all this.

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Re: Milky way with airflow
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 05:23:35 AM »
Well what I would love to see is pictures like these. Some photos I have seen of the milky way are not bright and glowing like these. Would this just be the core of the milky way? I'm not very knowledgeable yet with all this.

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Be careful with looking at photos. A long exposure will capture and show more light than your eyes can see, and then some photos are enhanced well beyond that.

Look up sun and moon times to know when the moon is below the horizon during the dark hours of the night. Typically this is around the time of a new moon.

Get a program that simulates the night sky. Stellarium is a good one. This will show you when the Milky Way is up (and will also show you what's going on with the moon).

Throughout the year the Milky Way appears in different parts of the sky at night.

For example, right now, the good part of the Milky Way (galactic core visible) rises up from the SE horizon very early in the morning.

In mid to late summer, the good part of the Milky Way appears to the south late in the evening about 1.5 hours after sunset.

In the fall, the Milky Way core is really low on the horizon, almost to the SW. As you get into Nov, the core is below the horizon and won't be seen again at night until the dark hours before dawn in early spring.

Hope that helps. Happy MW hunting.



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Re: Milky way with airflow
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 06:06:36 AM »
Well what I would love to see is pictures like these. Some photos I have seen of the milky way are not bright and glowing like these. Would this just be the core of the milky way? I'm not very knowledgeable yet with all this.

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Be careful with looking at photos. A long exposure will capture and show more light than your eyes can see, and then some photos are enhanced well beyond that.

Look up sun and moon times to know when the moon is below the horizon during the dark hours of the night. Typically this is around the time of a new moon.

Get a program that simulates the night sky. Stellarium is a good one. This will show you when the Milky Way is up (and will also show you what's going on with the moon).

Throughout the year the Milky Way appears in different parts of the sky at night.

For example, right now, the good part of the Milky Way (galactic core visible) rises up from the SE horizon very early in the morning.

In mid to late summer, the good part of the Milky Way appears to the south late in the evening about 1.5 hours after sunset.

In the fall, the Milky Way core is really low on the horizon, almost to the SW. As you get into Nov, the core is below the horizon and won't be seen again at night until the dark hours before dawn in early spring.

Hope that helps. Happy MW hunting.



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Thank you so much! This helps alot

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