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Matt Dieterich  πŸ—» Mt Rainier Forever Stamp and APOD Astrophotographer πŸ”­ *Prints - Classes - Presentations* πŸ‘‡ Milky Way Tutorial Below πŸ‘‡

While in Chile, we stayed at Cerro Tololo Observatory for a few nights and were able to catch a break in the clouds. The Milky Way shined bright with the Zodiacal Light over the observatories. This was my first time seeing the Zodiacal Light, which is dust in our solar system being illuminated by the sun. I've been yearning to see this incredible sight of the Zodiacal for a long time!

One of the most spectacular sunsets I've witnessed was in Chile last year. We were up at Cerro Tololo Observatory having dinner when the sky erupted into an incredible orange. The sky slowly turned pink and the whole ground and mountain range was illuminated in a beautiful magneta color. The only camera I had with me was a Sony RX100, so I quickly captured a panorama of the mountains!

Want to take your night sky photos to the next level? I released a 90 minute video tutorial covering my panorama tips and tricks. You'll receive 8 RAW images to follow along with during the video. Follow the link in my bio to order!

If you could travel anywhere to view the Milky Way where would you head? Finding a location that's free from light pollution to stargaze is an incredible challenge facing society. Here is a shot from Zion National Park, where I was shocked by the amount of light pollution, yet blown away by the Milky Way at the same time.

Daydreaming about summer in Acadia Nat'l Park. Where's one of your favorite spots to watch the sunset?

Happy Earth Day! Hope you enjoy this view of a forest stream in Mount Rainier National Park.

How hard is it to find dark skies close to where you live? Here's a capture of the Milky Way with intense green airglow over Glacier National Park. I found a small still pond to reflect the sky. I still remember how quiet this night was. Did not see another car all night under these incredibly dark night skies!


The Atacama Desert is a paradise for astronomy. I've witnessed a lot of dark night skies, but the Atacama's were on a whole new level. It was really crazy gazing up at the Milky Way in awe while laying on the strange, parched soil that this desert is home to. Some locations in the Atacama have only seen a few inches of rain in the last 100 years! Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did capturing the scene!

What's the darkest night sky you've seen? I knew the Atacama Desert night skies would be good, but I was blown away in person. Here's a single 8 second exposure shot outside the wonderful town of San Pedro de Atacama. Being under dark skies for me is a spiritual experience, so I hope these photos will make you want to venture out under the stars.

Do you have a place where you can retreat? For years, Spruce Knob in West Virginia was my place to retreat from society. It was my place to adventure, to experience nature away from city noises, and to stargaze under dark night skies. I find it scary how fast pace life gets when you join the rat race, when you join the millions of others all striving to "chase the buck" day in, and day out. It's very hard for me to now sit and appreciate the simple things that make life so beautiful to me.

Captured here is the Milky Way in a single exposure with a Nikon D750 and 24mm lens. Hope you enjoy the view! πŸ˜ƒ

Here's a view from the Chilean Andes, the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) observatory. Housing a massive 4.1-meter telescope that is used to better understand our Universe. Now if only I could get some telescope time with that equipment! Hope you enjoy this shot I captured while on the ACEAP Expedition.

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