Capturing photos of the Milky Way galaxy is pretty hard, especially if you want to have HD images of it. But, a photographer was able to do it and he spent 12 years capturing these amazing photographs of the stunning Milky Way galaxy, which is the where Earth is located.
J-P Metsavainio released his work on Tuesday, Mar. 16. His latest Facebook post now has more than 330 reactions, 30 comments, and 104 shares.
"Milky Way, 12 years, 1250 hours of exposures and 125 x 22 degrees of sky. The full-size image is 100 000 pixels wide and has 1,7 gigapixels," he captioned via his official Facebook account.
"My Milky Way mosaic project gets large, the full-size image in my blog is an absolute must to see! (7000 x 1300 pixels)," he added.
His works were even featured on the website PetaPixel.
How he captured the HD Milky Way photos
The rising photographer said that way back in 2014, he was using an old Meade LX200 GP12 scope, Canon EF 200mm f/1.8 camera optics, Baader narrowband filter set, and QHY9 astrocam. Some of these photography devices are now considered very old, but he was still able to capture astonishing images that are better than the ones modern cameras and other photography accessories can capture.
But, the most important equipment he used is the Canon EF 200mm f/1.8, also known as "Eye of Sauron."
This device is considered one of the most expensive lenses in the market since it costs around $3,000 up to $4,000, making it the "Legendary Lens." Without it, the photographer will not be able to capture the details of the Milky Way galaxy.
Metsavainio explained that he used his Meade 12 in 2014 to take the details of the galaxy with a longer focal length. He also said that he edited his works using Photoshop, but he didn't clarify if he is using the CS6 or older versions of the editing software.
If you want to see more of his works, you can click here.
Can you do it using a smartphone?
Although you can't take the same quality of photos that Metsavainio captured, you can still use your phone to take images of the stars in the night sky. The first thing you need to do is understand the three basic parameters of photography, which are ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. You need to know their relations with one another.
Right now, many smartphones offer a "Pro Mode," which allows you to adjust these settings according to your preferences.
On the other hand, Scientific Scribbles explained that you also need to find a good place with low light pollution, as well as a tripod. You will need these two requirements since you will be lowering your ISO while increasing your Aperture and Shutter Speed to capture what you want.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.