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Image of the Week, April 15, 2016

Jean Paul Mission Calern Milky Way

Calern Milky Way, by Jean-Paul Mission

I took this photo at the plateau of Calern, 25 km away from the mediterranean coast of the French Riviera at an altitude of about 1200m. GPS coords: 43°45’12” N 6°55’12” E

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The light pollution is coming from the crowded costal area (Nice, Cannes, Monaco…) where about 1 million people live. On this plateau there is an astronomical observatory. The device on the picture (called the GI2T) is an experimental interferometer (ancestor of the VLTI) designed by Antoine Labeyrie, a famous french astronomer. The building itself was designed by Antti Lovag a Hungarian architect best known for his Bubble House design.

This image is a panorama made from 2 rows of 9 images in portrait orientation stitched and processed in PS CS6. Minor adjustments in LR6.

Equipment used: Canon 6D, Samyang 24mm at f/2, 15″, ISO 3200

I intensively used PhotoPills for this shot.

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Jean-Paul Mission
Location: France

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  • Nicely done Jean-Paul,excellent image.I have just purchased the same lens as yourself and love it,way better than my 16-35 f/2.8.Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks a lot William! Actually I’ve made two sets of pictures that night, one with the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 and one with the 16-35mm f/2.8 and I had a better final result with the first one partially because the 16-35 suffers from severe vignettage at full aperture. With the Samyang you can close your aperture around f/2 to reduce vignettage, it’s still a pretty wide aperture. If you want to do so with the 16-35 you have to close up to f/3.2 hence you lose a lot of light from the stars.
      Regards

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