Milky Way Photography: The Basics

The Milky Way looms over an arch in the Alabama Hills. When you have more zoom, the Milky Way will appear larger in context to the foreground. © Peter Zelinka
The Milky Way looms over an arch in the Alabama Hills. When you have more zoom, the Milky Way will appear larger in context to the foreground. © Peter Zelinka

By Peter Zelinka

The Milky Way “season” is generally considered to run from April through October. By that we mean that the galactic core, or center, of the Milky Way galaxy is visible in the Northern Hemisphere and astrophotographers have the best chances of capturing, well, stellar images. But there’s a lot more to successful Milky Way photography than that. This article excerpts some tips from a NANPA webinar I did a while back. The complete webinar is available in the Members’ Area of the NANPA website.

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Ever Considered Quitting Your Job?

Story and Photography by Peter Zelinka

© Peter Zelinka

© Peter Zelinka

Have you ever considered quitting your job to go on an epic adventure?

After graduating college and working a full-time IT job for over a year, I needed an escape. I was tired of spending 9+ hours a day in a windowless, grey server room. A plan slowly started to form. This trip would span the entire Western US, and would allow me to finally see the landscapes I had been dreaming of for years. Continue reading