Star Trails

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

star trail is a type of photograph that uses long exposure times to capture the apparent motion of stars in the night sky due to Earth’s rotation. A star-trail photograph shows individual stars as streaks across the image, with longer exposures yielding longer arcs.

Typical shutter speeds for a star trail range from 15 minutes to several hours, requiring a “Bulb” setting on the camera to open the shutter for a period longer than usual. However, a more practised technique is to blend a number of frames together to create the final star trail image.[2]

Star trails have been used by professional astronomers to measure the quality of observing locations for major telescopes.

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