Our Photo of the Week on August 27, 2021, is Monika Deviat’s image of the Perseid meteor shower over Waterton Lakes National Park.
The image is a “a very dramatic shot that shows the idea of the radiant,” as one of our judges noted.
Shooting August 11, 2021, Deviat used a Nikon D850 sporting a Nikkor 14-24mm lens, set at 18mm and f/2.8.
“This year, smoky skies had obscured most chances to shoot the Milky Way in the summer and things were not looking good for the peak of Perseid meteor shower,” she wrote. “Luckily for me, I was down in Waterton for photoshoots, and the skies ended up being smoke free for a few days.
“This is a southern view at Upper Waterton Lake with the Milky Way setting above the Prince of Wales Hotel. The meteors were blended in from a time-lapse sequence of over 700 shots.”
Our honourable mention this week goes to Max Rakhimov for this detailed image of the Crescent Nebula and surrounding area.
Caldwell 27, commonly known as the Crescent Nebula, is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5,000 light-years away from Earth. The nebula spans about 16 by 25 light-years across, surrounding an extremely hot, short-lived type of star called a Wolf-Rayet.
Shooting in late July from Richmond, British Columbia, Rakhimov collected 10 hours of data with a Nikon D5300 and an Explore Scientific ED80 telescope (f/6).
Prizes for the 2021-22 SkyNews Photo of the Week contest are sponsored by Sky-Watcher, Celestron, iOptron, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and SkyNews. Find out more about the amazing telescopes, prize packages and gift vouchers awarded to the best photos this year.