I’ve been drooling over Milky Way pictures on astro/night photography groups. I already tried to shoot it, but this time I wanted to see galactic core, which has nice features and colors.
Woke up at 2:15am on Sunday, drove to my favorite remote place (the farthest I could get way from light pollution). I arrived there at 3am, got off the car and… Wow, it was there, thank you PhotoPills and Stellarium!
Took my Fujifilm X-T2, mounted with the Samyang 12mm f/2.0, set ISO to 3200, shutter speed to 25 sec, aperture to 2.4 (to reduce coma). Put that on a tripod, in portrait mode, and fired 15 times to cover the whole galactic arch.
It’s not the best milky way image by far, but so far it’s my best.
You can see the trace of a satellite on the left, and of a shooting star at the middle top.
The lights at the horizon come from a small island called “La Désirade”.
The processing was quite simple: raw development in Rawtherapee (using its dark frame subtraction feature), stitching in Hugin (with the 12mm, I find that I have less trouble if I let Hugin to correct for barrel distortion, in additions to positions), back in RT for tweaking noise reduction, colors, wavelets (I used my “clarity” settings), and finally some burning and dodging in Gimp (to give more pop to the milky way).