Scott MacNeill frequently sends us photos acquired at or around Frosty Drew Observatory in Rhode Island, which has an active program for public stargazing. Scott captured this one taken on May 3, 2017. He wrote:
Frosty Drew Observatory is situated about 100 feet from the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and the chorus of wildlife was a fantastic addition to the view of stars stretching across the sky. Early Eta Aquarid meteors made a few appearances as well as the occasional satellite. I sat next to my camera until pre-dawn moved in and reveled in the fabulous starscape. It was the first of hopefully many excellent nights out under the Milky Way for the 2017 viewing/shooting season.
Canon 60D MagicLantern
Exposure: 20 seconds
This is a median composite of 7 sub images.
Stacking and level adjustments in Photoshop CC.
Thank you, Scott!
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