North American & Pelican nebula at 320mm

Yesterday evening I set out to a dark sky location in the middle of the North York Moors, determined to make the most of a break in the relentless clouds. The crystal clear skies making the one hour drive well worth it.

The images I was able to capture without the glare are far better than anything I could achieve at home without using a dedicated narrowband filter. Despite some high cloud rolling in for the second half of the night, I captured 1.5 hours of data with the modified Nikon D5500.

The sheer number of stars visible in this scene always blows me away. Looking through the dust clouds to the Milky Way beyond. I say this a lot, but this has to be my best astro image to date!

Image details: Modified Nikon D5500Tamron-100-400mm-f4.5-6.3 @ 320mm/f6. Total of 90 minutes exposure time (45 x 120 seconds) at iso 800. Tracked with unguided AstroTrac TT320X-AG. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker. Edited with Photoshop and Starnet++

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