One of the darkest areas in Europe
Chelmos Mountain, Kalavryta, Greece
The Milky Way over Aristarchos Telescope at the top of Chelmos Mountain in Kalavryta, Greece, at an altitude of 2340m/7677ft. I took these series of long exposure stills in a moonless night (new moon) at midnight.
The location is one of the darkest areas both in Greece and in Europe and i wanted the best possible conditions to capture the Milky Way. When i reached the top i saw the most amazing sky.
Named after Aristarchos of Samos, the first reported person to propose a heliocentric model of the solar system, the 2.3 m Greek telescope, with a focal ratio f/8, is the pride of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IAA) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the largest telescope in southeastern Europe.
All stills shot on Canon 5D mark III with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM. Settings are 20sec exp, 6400iso, f/2.8 & 30sec exposure, 3200iso, f/2.8
Vasilis Papadopoulos, Nikos Papadatos & Sakis Rigatos for their valuable help and for getting me up there with their 4x4, in the middle of the night from a very dangerous & scary dirt road.