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Moel Famau Milky Way #1

Milky way over the Clwydian Range AONB in North Wales at night

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An beautiful clear autumn evening in mid-September found me yomping up my local hill, Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), North Wales.

With a couple of hours' free time to play with it was a no-brainer for me to head for the hills, away from the local towns with their attendant light pollution, in order to take in and photograph the stunning night skies.

But with a full moon due to rise at 9pm I had to get a move on to take advantage of the small window of time in between the end of nautical twilight at 8.45pm and the arrival of the moon, which would effectively flood the night sky with light and wash out the fainter stars of the milky way.

So I stopped on the path up to the summit of Moel Famau to look back southwards over the Clwydian Hills where I could just about make out the centre of our galaxy low against the horizon.

However, my good old Canon 6D is much better at seeing in the dark than I can, and a fifteen second exposure at an ISO of 6400 showed up the grandeur of the milky way very nicely.

Try doing that back in the 'good old days' of film photography!

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Filename - moel famau milky way 01

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 15 secs @ f4, ISO6400

Filters - None.

Location - Moel Famau, Clwydian Range, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement.