The Milky Way Over the Sahara Desert

Marty CohenMorocco16 Comments

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The Milky Way over the Sahara Desert

The night sky and the Milky Way in the Sahara Desert

Our trip leader, Aziz, suggested we move our beds out of our tents and sleep under the stars on our nights in the Sahara Desert. I have to say this was the first time I ever really saw the beauty and enormity of the Milky Way in person. It was spectacular and was truly one of the best experiences of the trip for us.

I knew we would be seeing the Milky Way while we were going to be in the Sahara, so I came prepared by taking my lightweight, MeFoto “RoadTrip” Travel Tripod. It was easy to pack into my duffle suitcase and I also used an iPhone App – special cable combination from TriggerTrap to control the long exposure. The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 6D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS lens, 30 second exposure at f/4.0, ISO 12,800 captured on a Lexar 400x SDXC UHS-1 memory card.

16 Comments on “The Milky Way Over the Sahara Desert”

  1. This is my favorite photo of the Morocco trip…And I am including the 900 we took. The night under the stars was our favorite site. Thank you so much for taking the extra gear to create this picture. I try to explain the sky to people but a picture is worth a thousand words.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad I brought the extra equipment too. I wouldn’t have been able to get this picture without it. I know exactly what you mean about trying to explain it to people. There really is no good way to do that without a picture to show. Please feel free to share the link to this and other photos with your family and friends.

  2. The photo is phenomenal! It’s rare to travel to a place where such a sight is possible.
    Thanks for sharing such an experience.

  3. Wow, Marty. This is a spectacular picture. But then, so many of the Morocco pictures are so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your trip with all of us.

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