Astrophotography – Oct 2016 (Kainuu)

I took a bunch of photos with my Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 lens. We were in Suomussalmi, Kainuu, next to the Russian boarder.

At this point we are in the beginning of the Taiga so light conditions were very good. Most exposures were 20-30 s (< 500/14 to avoid star trailing) and unfortunately at ISO 3200 or higher (noise). There is post processing in lightroom. The exposure levels were raised which shows the noise. I will reprocess these later to minimise the noise but at least you can nicely see the nebular colours coming through and even the Andromeda galaxy:

Galactic Core was only partially visible when it became dark but still impressive

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Seven Sisters are visible just between the trees

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The red dot over Kiantajärvi looks like Mars. It is roughly in the correct location (~8 PM on the 5th of Oct) but not quite…. it may just be a red light in the distance….at least it looks very inspiring…almost like a proto-world from the imagination of Arthur C. Clark. The red dot and some stars are reflecting off the surface of the lake.

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The aurora were only just visible to the naked eye and were about Kp 3…satellite

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Andromeda through the pine trees

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Milky way galactic arm

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Here we can see the satellite approaching

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Here is the same satellite and a second bypassing the Andromeda galaxy…amazing.

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