Milky Way over SPACE Atacama Lodge, San Pedro de Atacama

Milky Way over SPACE Atacama Lodge; San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; 8 March 2024

Capture Notes

During our trip to San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations (SPACE) Atacama Lodge, while the Southern Cross was imaging the IC2944 Running Chicken, Danita and I both imaged the Milky Way that was stretched low across the southern sky.  We both captured tiles to make a panorama, but Photoshop struggled with stitching my tiles together and I made a mess of it when I tried to do it on my own. So, I decided to just process the first tile where the Galactic Center was in all its glory.


Imaging stream: Canon EOS 5DSR, Sigma 14mm 1:1.8 DG lens, manual focus, f2.8.
Sequence Control: Pixel Pro TW-283 N3 Wireless Shutter Remote Control Timer and Shutter Release

Capture & Processing

Sequence plan: 28 x 15 seconds, ISO3200, f/2.8, Captured 8Mar2024, 2303 – 2315CDT

Capture: 8 March 2024
Shooting location: SPACE Atacama Lodge, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Processing: Stacked each of the individual tiles for a panorama using Sequator, then attempted to stitch together in Photoshop using Panorama Auto-mode. PS only stitched together the first two tiles and put a hide mask on the third. I attempted to stitch the third tile by hand, but made a mess of things. So, decided to just process the single tile that had the Galactic Center in it. I processed initially it in LR (using AW presets and custom mask actions) to get a good Milky Way image.  Used PS to do sharpen, noise reduction, star reduction, S-curves to get the exposure correct.