Matt Domonkos Photography

A slow restart to night sky photography following the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dispersed camping (by definition social distancing!) is permitted, and I took a trip to the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico at the start of northern hemisphere Milky Way season. A shoot full of glitches as I warm back up to my techniques and equipment–this image is missing one shot in the middle of the sequence, making it overly choppy. If you look closely, you’ll notice a shooting star. In reference to asteroids or comets, the keyhole refers to the trajectory that will bring the object into a collision course with earth–a small window, but when applied to the billions of objects near earth orbit, it happens frequently and within my field of view on this night (probably just burnt up in the atmosphere). In this image, I just imagined the keyhole as the opening in the tree where Polaris appears. Don’t forget to look up, especially if the world seems to be too small or closed in these days! Peace and cheers!

Made from 5 light frames (captured with a Canon camera) by Starry Landscape Stacker 1.6.2. Algorithm: Median

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