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Setting Milky Way Black Forest Star Party

The summer Milky Way sets over observers and telescopes at the Black Forest Star Party.

The amateur astronomers and their equipment were illuminated by red lights that they use to preserve their night vision.

Every year hundreds of observers and astrophotographers flock to Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania for the star party which is held at one of the darkest observing sites on the east coast of North America. The dark skies at the park are officially recognized as a natural resource with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources declaring it the first "Dark Sky Park" in the state.

Exposure Data
  • Lens: Canon 16 - 35mm F/2.8 L USM zoom lens at working at 16mm focal length
  • F/stop: f/2.8
  • Exposure: Single 55 second exposure
  • Mount: Fixed tripod
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20Da DSLR
  • Mode: JPEG
  • ISO: 3200
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • In-Camera Noise Reduction: Off
  • Filter: None
  • Temp: 55F
  • Time: 21:31 p.m. EDT
  • Date: September 3, 2005
  • Location: Black Forest Star Party
  • Calibration: None
  • Processing: Standard in-camera JPEG processing. Image cropped, black and white points adjusted, color adjusted, Noise Ninja applied in Photoshop CS2.

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