When night sky photography friends get together, you'll likely find them looking up in places like the shores of Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, N.H.
Aaron Priest of Maine recently sent Space.com some spectacular photos taken during one such winter gathering.
The constellation Orion, the Hunter, can be spotted passing overhead in both shots. One of the most recognizable constellations in the sky, Orion includes several prominent stars including Betelgeuse, Rigel and Bellatrix. Seven of its brightest stars form an hourglass shape in the sky. [Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers for February]
Night sky photographer Jon Secord is seen photographing the breakwater and night sky on the beach of Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, N.H. on Dec. 28, 2013 as constellation Orion passed overhead. This image was captured by Aaron Priest of Maine.
"I enhanced the stars of Orion a little bit to make the constellation easier to see in the sky," Priest wrote Space.com in an email.
This image shows Garrett Evans of A G Evans Photography, Chris Georgia of Christopher M Georgia Photography, and Aaron Priest photographing the night sky over Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, N.H. on Dec. 28, 2013. Credit: Aaron Priest www.aaronpriestphoto.com
Priest captured these images using a Nikon D700 camera, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, and a Promote Control @ 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, and four exposures of 8, 15, 30, and 60 seconds, manually blended via masks and layers in Photoshop.
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