The stars swirl in circles above the big sky country of the Canadian Prairies.
For these images I set the camera to take hundreds of images over the course of about 4 hours, then stacked about 100 frames for each of the composites. I stacked the images with the application StarStax.
The result shows the stars circling the North Celestial Pole and Polaris in the northern sky. The top image is from earlier in the night when the Moon was still up lighting the landscape.
The image above is from late in the night, after moonset, and with the glow of dawn beginning to brighten the northern sky. Some low noctilucent clouds are also appearing on the horizon.
This was a beautiful night at Reesor Ranch in Saskatchewan, on the edge of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. I’ve just wrapping up a week of shooting here with clear nights every night but two. The hard drives are full!
– Alan, July 11, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer
One Reply to “Circling Stars Over the Open Range”
Superb photos from the world’s premier, most pristine, dark sky preserve. Long may it reign.
I have spent much time in this exact spot. Thank you for your passion. May it be reignited.