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Vulpecula, the fox and Sagitta, the arrow are located within the "bend" in the Great Rift. What I call the Milky Way's mid-rift. This region of the Milky Way is often neglected by astrophotographers, but long exposures reveal that this region is as interesting as Cygnus and Sagittarius!

Prominent are dark intricacies that compose the Great Rift as is meanders through the backbone of night.

At center, Collinder 399, Brocchi's cluster, often called the Coathangar, floats in the darkness of the rift on a summer's evening.

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Comment by Nick Dudish on December 11, 2011 at 3:42pm

WOW! Now that is better than what I can see or capture.

Comment by James Cormier on October 2, 2011 at 6:30am
Thanks Steve. Yea, I was contemplating adding this one to the Legacy series, but there is a portion of the frame that shows "film creep" with elongated stars. Hard to see in this small image. The film used here is sharp, but grainy so I had to process this much to get a smooth look.

The skies, I can't complain about the skies. Your welcome to park your rig in my yard anytime!
Comment by Steve Coates on October 1, 2011 at 1:50pm
Nice work James. Is this part of the film project that you've been doing? I'll trade you my first born for your skies...


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