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Guiding Light to the Stars 360 by Mark Gee

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Taken by
Mark Gee Mark Gee
Explore score
0.23 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 23, 2013
Date taken
Jun 08, 2013
astrophotography, landscape, long exposure, nature, night

I recently spent a night out at Cape Palliser on the North Island of New Zealand photographing the night sky. I awoke after a few hours sleep at 5am to see the Milky Way low in the sky above Cape Palliser. The only problem was my camera gear was at the top of the lighthouse as seen in the right of this image. I had set up a time-lapse there a few hours before, so I had to climb the 250 plus steps up there to retrieve my gear before I could take this photo. By the time I got back the sky was beginning to get lighter with sunrise 2 hours away. This is a 360 degree horizontal seamless pano of my Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 winning image.

Featured astronomical objects in this image are the The Milky Way, the Small Magellanic Cloud, the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Zodiacal Light which extends up from the horizon in the right side of the image.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. Mark Gee

    Mark Gee (November 25, 2013, 03:14PM )

    Thanks! I shot it with a Canon 5dMkII and a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 at 24mm. Exposure for each image was 30 seconds @ f/2.8 ISO 3200

  2. stoertebeker

    stoertebeker (November 25, 2013, 12:48PM )

    It´s pretty amazing! What lens/exposure time did you used?

  3. Mark Gee

    Mark Gee (November 24, 2013, 03:24PM )

    Thank Yossi - I plan to do more of these so stay tuned. You can see more of my work here: theartofnight.com Will open in
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  4. Yossi Langenthal

    Yossi Langenthal (November 24, 2013, 02:33PM )

    I saw your work, no words just amazing work. This is one of the most impressive pictures I saw on the site. Would love to see more of your work.

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