50 Miles south of Chicago on a Summer Night


So I found out the Canon 6D can see the milky way just 50 miles south of Chicago. I’ve had this camera for almost 6 months now & I finally had a chance at photographing the milky way this past weekend.  This was taken at 10:00 Friday night just as the red moon was rising through the humid haze to the east.

I’ve always been interested in photographing the milky way but since there is so much light pollution near Chicago, I never even bothered to attempt it until now.  Typically, the ideal conditions for photographing the milky way are best under dark skies on a clear night, free of light pollution, and during a new moon.  Although this was taken a well over a week before the new moon, I realized the moon had not risen yet so this was my chance to give it a try.  Even with the moon at the earth’s horizon, the illumination from the moonlight still washes out the night sky more than if the moon was completely set, or if it were a new moon.

If you’re interested in finding some dark skies check the DarkSiteFinder to find your area.

About PhotoJacko

Photography is my passion. When I'm not working my regular full time job, I like to spend time at home with my family or go out hiking. And well, there's always time for photography...
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