The Milky Way, Doochary, Co. Donegal
31st July 2016, 12:45am
This was the scene deep in rural Donegal last Saturday night / Sunday morning. After a fine summer’s evening the forecast was set clear for the night. Knowing that darkness is returning to our skies after the twilit summer months I packed the car with my camera gear headed out in search of the Milky Way.
The bog lake in the image is situated outside the village of Doochary, at the centre of the county. In the image the southern portion of the Milky Way blazes through the ambers of light from Killybegs and Donegal Town that creeps over the horizon. The dense star-fields of the Milky Way, visible from Ireland in the late summer and early autumn, are home to many bright nebulae. The reflection of the Lagoon Nebula (M8), an area of intense star birth in the constellation of Sagittarius, can be seen as a pink/red speck at the centre of the lake. The planet Saturn sits close to the horizon on the right of the image and a passing satellite, a common slight in the summer skies, can be seen as a streak on the left of the image.
This is a remote, peaceful and beautiful location. I am looking forward to many more star-filled nights from similar locations throughout Donegal in the months ahead.
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Camera & Lens: Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 20mm F1.8
Exposure: 25sec, ISO 6400, F2.8
Time & Date: 31st July 2016, 0040 (BST)