Outer Island Lighthouse Photo
A framed print: 26"x21" on archival cotton.
This picture was taken early on the morning of June 25th, 2009, of the Outer Island Light Station. A four-minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 30D) on top of a telescope with a slow-motion drive, making it possible to cancel the effects of the Earth's rotation. This process allows the camera to capture an incredibly sharp and saturated image of one of the most delightful views of the heavens. A separate four-minute exposure was taken with the telescope drive turned off to capture the Light Station and house.
Conditions must be perfect to achieve such a photograph: crystal clear skies, low humidity, new moon, and no airplanes or satellites spoiling the shot. It can only be taken during the summer months when the Milky Way's brightest region sits poised above the southern horizon.
More Outer Island Resources:
View - and share - a video on the capture of the Outer Island Milky Way print.
Read article from Wisconsin State Journal.
A blog describing the efforts involved in obtaining the image above, go to Outer Island Journal.
Thanks to the National Park Service for their support: Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent