My location was dark enough to see the Milk Way, but minor light pollution prevented me from acquiring better exposures—however—I didn’t expect to record much detail. The Milky Way may appear to be nothing more than a smudgy luminescent curtain, but a grand structure floats within the hazy stellar light. I was determined to reveal it.
The above photograph shows the Dark Rift lounging across the Local Arm. Vega is the bright star toward the frame’s top left corner. The Milky Way culminated toward the zenith when the photograph was taken, so I was able to record a larger swath of the Dark Rift, while keeping light pollution at a minimum. Light pollution is always worse toward the horizon and gradually becomes less sever toward the zenith. Imaging at a later time also ensured less lights would be on.