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Steve Price
The Last Chance Desert, Utah USA
11:15 pm

Equipment Details:

Sony a7s mirrorless camera, Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Lens, Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Star Tracker, Triopo Carbon fiber tripod, intervalometer.

Post-processing Details:

De-Noise, sharpen with Topaz, contrast enhanced, color is as camera captured.

Image Details:

This shot captures the Milky Way core and the Galactic Center. Included are a few star clusters and the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae ( the pink blobs ), the Dark Horse and Pipe Nebulae plus lots of details of the Dust Lanes. Oh and the Supermassive Black Hole at the Galactic Center is also in this image....but it takes some imagination to see it. It's between the Lagoon Nebula and the M6 Star Cluster also known as The Butterfly Cluster.

The Galactic Center is not annotated but found in this annotated linked image:
This is one of best single exposure images I've taken thus far of the Milky Way Core and I'll be stacking some of my shots from this session to see how much improvement I can achieve with stacking. Fingers crossed.