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Marc Toso
Lunar Crater, NV
01:00 am

Equipment Details:

Nikon d810a
24mm f/2.2

Post-processing Details:

This is a 7 frame panorama. Each frame consists of a stack of 15 photos. Each stack was composited in Starry Landscape Stacker for noise reduction. The panorama assembled in photoshop. The land and the sky were adjusted independently via the curves tool.

Image Details:

I drove out into the center of Nevada hoping to catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, the dust of the famous Halley's Comet. I failed to catch and meteors with my camera but instead found a massive crater.

Not a meteor crater, but a volcanic crater called Lunar Crater. Interestingly, this landscape was used to train Apollo astronauts in 1972.

The airglow was strong that night, as seen by the red and green smeared across the sky. And skies were clear, the planet Jupiter can be seen on the right, riding the Dark Horse Nebula.

Another interesting note, the glow behind the hill on the right is light pollution from Las Vegas, 163 miles away as the crow flies!!