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The Milky Way over Greece - Aristarchos Telescope, Chelmos Mountain

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. 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 and 30sec exposure, 3200iso, f/2.8

The Telescope:
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.

Thanks to:
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.

Flickr set: The Milky Way over Greece