Twelve years and 1,250 hours of exposure later, Finnish photographer J-P Metsavainio sewn together a massive 1.7 gigapixel network Details every fiery burst and every starry expanse of the Milky Way. The star mosaic documents the 125-degree distance between Taurus and Cygnus and consists of 234 individual images that extend over 10,000 pixels. Almost 20 million stars are visible in the distance.
The ongoing project started in 2009 and Metsavainio knew it would take at least a decade to complete. “As a visual artist, the composition of the picture means a lot. Over the years, I’ve shot hundreds of single targets out of the Milky Way. Every picture you take is a work of art in its own right. At the same time, I always kept an eye on the needs of the final large composition, ”said the photographer, noting that he caught the more pronounced elements like supernovae first before filling in the gaps.
Having shot with relatively short focal length instruments in recent years, Metsavainio plans to use this incredibly high resolution panorama as a map as he will switch to longer focal length tools in the coming months. For details on the whole process of Metsavainio, as well as details of the equipment used, see his side, where you can also find a larger portfolio of his galactic projects. (over PetaPixel)
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