Photo of the Week for September 25, 2015
Many backyard stargazers crave ever bigger telescopes so they can see distant galaxies in all their glory. And yet, the most glorious galaxy of them all is best viewed without any optical aid. All that’s needed to see the Milky Way is a clear, dark sky. If you’ve ever wondered what a galaxy looks like up close, look no further.
This splendid portrait of the summer Milky Way was captured by Trev McNaughton on September 17, 2015, from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada London Centre’s dark-sky site near Fingal, Ontario. He made a single, unguided 20-minute exposure at ISO 400 with a Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and Bower 24mm lens set to f/5.6, mounted on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount.