Unfortunately, it was very warm that night causing an INSANE amount of nasty green noise in this 30 second exposure at ISO3200. Needless to say MAJOR noise reduction work was needed in post processing to salvage this shot. A car was nice enough to light the foreground for me and there was a thunderstorm in the distant horizon. I could have spent hours out there but we were pressed for time, I'm just glad the boss let me stop at all.
In my normal observing location in northwest Pennsylvania, the "Teapot" of Sagittarius is fairly low on the horizon and the curve of Scorpius' tail dips below. In the southern states both constellations are much higher meaning the bright center of our own galaxy is riding high in the southern sky giving a more spectacular view.
|30s f4.5 @ ISO3200|
|rough constellation guides|
|pre noise reduction|