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How to Photograph the Milky Way

Nov 13, 2014 | 587 videos
Video by Ian Norman

Former SpaceX engineer Ian Norman runs Lonely Speck, a site that teaches aspiring astrophotographers how to take pictures of the night sky. This splendid vignette reveals the art and passion behind his work, with stunning wide-field landscape shots of the Milky Way set against the deserts of Reno, Nevada. "It puts into perspective just how small and tiny and precious we are on our short time on this little rock, slowly spinning through space," he says. "There's nothing else like it."

If you'd like to learn more—or try Norman's methods yourself—I strongly recommend you take a look at Lonely Speck's lesson series, Astrophotography 101.

Author: Chris Heller


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