After months of planning their trip, Hungarian astrophotographers travelled 12 000 km in Namibia to take these photos. We think it was every bit worth it.
Namibia must be a fascinating and unique place, partly because the light of the stars and the Milky Way is so strong there that you do not even need a flashlight to navigate in the desert.
The vast country is about nine times bigger than Hungary but has only two million inhabitants, that’s why the light of the settlements cannot outshine the sky. The 1800 metres elevation above sea level and the low humidity also contribute to Namibia’s appeal.
“From a photographer’s view, if the quality of the Namibian sky is 100% then what we can experience in a larger Hungarian city is 10-20%, and maybe 50-60% in smaller villages” - explained Rafael Schmall, one of the 6 team members of the expedition. He is also the founder of the MAFE (Hungarian Association for Astrophotographers), and works at the Star Park of Zselice, near Kaposvár. They spent two weeks in Namibia, travelled 12 000 kilometres for the breath-taking photos.
The huge country is also very attractive for those interested in photographing the night sky because it is in the Southern hemisphere, you can observe an almost completely different sky. Even the familiar constellations appear differently. For example, the Milky Way is much further up above the observer’s head and the Magellanic Clouds and smaller galaxies orbiting around the Milky Way are also visible.