wide field astrophotography
New Moon at the Fox Observatory
This image is a nine panel long exposure panorama looking northward over the Fox Observatory (Bruce Peninsula, Ontario) at the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy.
While still two hours before moonrise, the bright light behind the trees is the glow from the moon creeping over the horizon.
The above image is a series of long exposure so the buildings, equipment and furniture appear stationary, but you will see some of the people as fuzzy blurs as they moved about.
This image was only supposed to be a quick test shot while I was out scouting locations for a night sky landscape. There is a lot wrong with the final result and I probably shouldn't even post it here, but looking past the test limitations (i.e. short exposure / high ISO), I was very pleased to capture the setting moon along with a small portion of the Milky Way and a shooting star.
I definitely think it will be worth planning a return shoot with the proper gear... and of course better timed to when the Milky Way is positioned closer the the centre of the frame.