First signs of summer: Milky Way

Last night at 1:15 A.M. I decided, that I cannot let this beautifully clear night pass without some astrophotography. I drove up to Farnach, which is only 7.5km away, but provides some nice dark skies above the brightly lit Rhine Valley.

I set up the Vixen Polarie and took pictures using 20mm, 85mm and 300mm lenses.

The summer milky way and the multitude of nebula and clusters hidden in it, never cease to impress me. When I went to bed some hours later, dawn was already breaking.

Single Exposure of the Milky Way rising. Nikon AFS 20mm f/1.8 at f/2.2, 20s, ISO 3200

Panorama of multiple vertical shots. Nikon AFS 20mm f/1.8 at f/2.2, 20s, ISO 3200

Crop of the region around Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Region around Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Region around M16 and M17. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Crop of the M16 and M17 picture, showing M17, the Swan nebula. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Crop of the M16 and M17 picture, showing M16, the Eagle nebula. The pillars of creation as known from the Hubble image are visible. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Crop of the M16 and M17 picture, showing M16 and M17. 40x15s, Nikon 300mm PF, ISO 6400. Nikon D750 on Vixen Polarie

Region around Rho Ophiuchus, 21x30s, ISO3200, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Crop from the Rho Ophiuchus image showing the pipe nebula and Saturn, 21x30s, ISO3200, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Crop of the region around Rho Ophiuchus, 21x30s, ISO3200, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Panorama from two images.

Region around M8, 21x30s, ISO3200, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Milky Way 12x30s, f2.2, Nikon 20mm f/1.8, ISO3200

Vixen Polarie with Nikon D750 with 20mm lens.