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This picture of the Milky Way rising over the light tower on Raspberry Island was taken on the morning of July 3, 2011 near new moon conditions following the summer solstice. It is in that window the summer Milky Way is at its brightest and dramatically hangs just above the horizon. A three and a half minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 7D) on top of a telescope with a slow-motion drive, making it possible to cancel the earth’s rotation. Allowing the camera to capture an incredibly sharp and saturated image, this is one of the most delightful views of the heavens. A separate three minute exposure was taken with the telescope drive turned off to photograph the light station.
This is the third in our series of the Milky Way and the lighthouses of the Apostle Islands, the first taken in 2009 of the Outer Island lighthouse and the second taken in 2010 of the Sand Island lighthouse.
Photographers:, Mark Weller, John Rummel, Andrea Rummel
More Raspberry Island Resources:
View – and share – a video on the capture of the Raspberry Island Milky Way print.
Thanks to the National Park Service for their support: Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent