Milky Way panorama by Anthony Tony
Milky Way panorama by Anthony Tony

Milky Way panorama by Anthony Tony

Flat prairies, a sprinkling of buildings and a dash of short trees — it’s the base for an archetypal image of the Saskatchewan night sky, and the winner of this Photo of the Week.

It’s symbolic of the vast Saskatchewan prairies — flat land, sporadic trees, a smattering of lamp posts and buildings. And this quintessential image won Anthony Tony the Photo of the Week title for May 1, 2020.

Milky Way panorama by Anthony Tony

As one of the judges noted, the image is a “very ethereal shot, has a certain mystical quality.”

Tony, who lives in Saskatoon, said he took the image April 22 with an Olympus OMD EM10Mii and a Pansonic Leica 10-25 f/1.7 lens. The lens was at 10mm and f/1.7.

He said he took 15 images at 25 seconds, and stitched them together using Photoshop.

There were two honourable mentions this week. First is another quintessential Milky Way shot, this time from the coast, rather than the prairies.

Milky Way at dawn by Barry Burgess

Barry Burgess took this shot of the Milky Way at dawn April 20, at the Cape Auguet Lighthouse in Nova Scotia.

“Saturn and Jupiter are visible next to the lighthouse,” Burgess noted. “I searched Google Earth to find a good location to photograph the Milky Way over a lighthouse and selected this site.”

He used a Canon 6D camera, Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 lens set to f/2.8. The image exposure 30 seconds at ISO 1250.

And Donald Johnson sure wasn’t monkeying around when he grabbed this shot of NGC 2174.

NGC 2174 by Donald Johnson

Taking the image with a ZWO 1600 mm Pro and his Stellarvue SVQ86 Quad Astrograph (f/5.4) at the Calgary RASC Observatory (Wilson Coulee), Johnson said the image consists of 30 Ha shots, 15 OIII and 15 Sii subs of 240 seconds each.

“Also captured is the small SH2-247 nebula,” he said. “The subs were all stacked and processed in PixInsight.”