Milky Way Rising – Shaula and Lesath
My first Milky Way Rising image of 2013 which includes my favorite part of the galactic disk which includes Scorpius Stingers: Shaula and Lesath. The past 8 weeks or so here have been marked w/ snowy, grey, and cloudy days with short windows of opportunity which have naturally conflicted with my schedule. This night was no real exception w/ enough cloud cover clearing at around 3am to get this shot.
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This week I had another appearance on Earthsky.Org in their article about how many stars can be seen on a clear moonless night. How long does it take for you eyes to adjust to a dark sky? Care to take a guess?
Why not read the article to find out more. I know for myself that I can’t see a lot of Points that can be seen by others but lucky for me, I use the camera as my seeing eye.
Big thank you to Deborah Byrd and Earthsky for their continued support for my photography.
May 3 was First Friday at the Denver Photo Art Gallery and despite cooler temps in Denver and the Rockies playing at home, the turn out was great and I had the opportunity to meet many people including several people from the Social Network World.
The next First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe is June 7. I will be at the Denver Photo Art Gallery at 833 Sante Fe Dr from 6-9pm.
Got Time? Last weekend I went photo mounting crazy with over 30 prints mounted for the Breckenridge Theatre Art Gallery show as well as New and Replaced Bin Prints for DPAG.
Getting ready for Breckenridge Theatre Art Gallery
Stellar Tuesday this week will bring my first Summer Milky Way image of 2013. As many of you know the weather here has generally been snowy, grey, and / or cloudy for the past 8 weeks + making Astrophotography a near impossibility w/ just a dew windows of oppurtunity. Last night I found a break in the clouds at around 3am after a few hours of frustration. Patience paid off and I can’t wait to show the new image.
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Help me Finance the Breck Show and $ave – Coupon Code: BTAG for 15% off Anything
As you can imagine, I have been plugging away at getting things ready for the show at the Breckenridge Theatre Art Gallery opening on July 13 from 4 – 6pm. This weekend alone I matted and mounted 35 prints for use in the Sale Bin or to mount into 16 x 20 frames. This Friday I meet with my printer / framer about my LARGE PRINTS.
I am including 2 Antzl Project Canvases in this display (maybe more once I get the entire space figured out) Dark River of the Milky Way and Harvest Moon. I received the order on Friday and posted some photos to my Facebook Page that are seen here.
It seems that downtown Breckenridge will be sinking some money into the Arts District. Here is a short article on the plan for the Arts District that includes the Breckenridge Theatre Art Gallery.
Don’t forget the Coupon Code: BTAG to save 15% at shop.danielmcvey.com . Purchases will help fund the Breckenridge show.
Reminder that this Friday is the First Friday Art Walk at the Denver Photo Art Gallery (8th and Santa Fe) in the Art District on Santa Fe from 6-9pm. Please see Postcard below and click for more info on this event.
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Pan-STARRS over Middle Park – Click image for Article on event by Summit County Citizens Voice w/ unseen images.
Capturing Comet Pan-STARRS here in Summit County, Colorado has been a difficult process with many failed attempts before I even saw the comet. Since the comet appears so low on the horizon, finding a vantage point while surrounded by peaks towering 12,000 ft plus proved to be a challenge. Mix that in with overcast nights I was growing frustrated but trying to keep patient. One partly cloudy night I hiked in to my spot only to find clouds forming in the worst possible place and since I was on foot no chance of realigning my angle of view.
The evening I captured my only series to date of PanSTARRS I was unsure what I would get cause I had cloud building in about the area I was expecting to see this cosmic wonder. Im not sure why this happens but sometimes when the temps drop after sunset, clouds seem to vaporize. I was hanging on to this thought as I did my last chance to view the comet but this time it paid off.
Comet in a Nose Dive. Click for Larger Image
The first frame I caught of the comet, I leaped for joy and then started to work vigorously. From the time I saw the comet, I knew I had a short time before it dipped behind the horizon.
Big Thank You to Bob Berwyn of the Summit County Citizens Voice who is a huge supporter of my photography. Bob was kind enough to put together an Article on Comet Pan-STARRS over Summit County, Colorado utilizing my photos and making sense of my wild ramblings sent via email.
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Winter Milky Way with Winter Circle (Capella, Aldebaran, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon, and Castor) Jupiter, and the Pleiades.
Recently I was lucky enough to have my Winter Highlights (pictured above) run in the Huffington Post UK “Image of the Week” – where my photo was next to one of Kate Middleton! – and it was voted as the Fan Favorite!
This same picture ran on Space.Com under the category “Amazing Night Sky Photos” for the month of March. Big Thank You to both for sharing.
If all this sounds familiar but in abbreviated fashion its because these were Lost Blogs in the Great Website Crash of 2013. Thank God, that the rest of the page was recovered by my host: Blue Host. Thank You!
Thanks to Stellar friend, Kim Klodnicki, I now have a Instagram page. Please check it out and if you are an Instagram user, send a friend request!
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Submission for Astronomy Photograph of the Day (APOD)
Winter Milky Way with Winter Circle ( Capella, Aldebaran, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon, and Castor) Aldebaran (Taurus) Jupiter, and the Pleiades over the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.
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Stellar Tuesday: 3/5/13
Winter Triangle over Summit County, Colorado
This weeks Stellar Tuesday image brings us the Winter Triangle which includes Betelgeuse and both Dog Stars: Procyon and Sirius. This shot was made possible by the low angled light of the Full Moon illuminating the snow covered trees in dramatic fashion. Also visible in this this shot: Orion with his dogs.
Sirius and Orion over the Gore Range: Summit County, Colorado
Originally photographed in the Spring of 2012 this image of Sirius and Orion over the Gore Range is one my favorites. The glow from behind the mountains is coming from the Eagle / Vail area. The light reflecting down from the clouds then scattered by the snow helped to bring out foreground detail along with some post processing in Lightroom 4.0 .
Summit County, Colorado Astro Photographer, Daniel McVey is ecstatic to announce that the Winter Lights picture (Bright Points L to R: Sirius – Canis Major, the Orion Constellation, Aldebaran – Taurus, Jupiter – Planet, and the Pleiades or 7 sisters – Star Cluster) was chosen as NASA’s Space.Com “Image of the Day” for Thursday, February 7, 2013. As Im sure you can imagine, this is very exciting for me. I have appeared on some articles about celestial events but never have one on my pictures been singled out. Thank You Space.Com
This same image was broadcast this morning on Denver’s CBS 4 News broadcast. Unfortunately I was not aware that it was going to air and I did not see the broadcast.
Also this week, I had a pair of photos run on the coveted Timeline of Megashot.Net on Facebook. Thank You Megashot for your shares!
Milky Way stretches over Summit County in the White River National Forest. This photo is being hosted for an Astronomy Photo of the Day Submission.