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Is it real?

Yes. 

There are two versions of this photo. One that is longer and this one. I THOUGHT they were the same photo but apparently they are not. Either only the long one is a stitch, or they both are (I usually do 2-3 sweeps, especially for night time panoramas) and I suspect different software parameters partly played a role in the difference (I may have stitched only 2-3 images for one and 3-5 for the other. Maybe when I dig deep enough into my photo backups I will uncover the exact truth, because the truth right now is I just don't know!

I used a tripod and cable release. The EXIF data is missing because I now tend to save in .PNG format for web. If you have any questions about the processing or shooting techniques used here, ask!

The other version is now posted. I will link it here eventually. The NR is a little strong on the other version which partly contributes to the difference but you can see big differences between the two especially in some of the aurora shapes. 

Where is this?

About 40km from a small town called Fort Smith near the Alberta/Northwest Territories border. The waterscape is a bend of the gargantuan Slave River (a mile across on average), which runs from mid Alberta all the way into the Great Slave Lake.

The water empties from the Slave Lake and becomes the Mackenzie River, feeding into more separate lakes and rivers and underground waterways than you might imagine. Most of Canada's water, and a large portion of the worlds fresh water, can be found in this region and Canada's north in general. The Mackenzie continues northward, where it empties out into the Arctic Ocean.

The waterscape is not an ocean =P A few have made the mistake of thinking the shapes near the shore are waves. If you look closely you can see cracks in the "waves." It is just irregular shapes created on the spring ice because our melt takes several months.

Are there really that many (viewable) stars where I live in the night sky?

Technically, for the most part, yes. I estimate the image is around a couple stops brighter than visible with the naked eye. In complete darkness (in the absence of light from the blue spectrum), a protein called rhodopsin begins to accumulate in the rods of your eye, put simply. After about 40 minutes it reaches its peak and could be compared to raising the ISO sensitivity of a camera. This process is called dark adapting your eyes.

Combined with fully dilated pupils, the swath of the milky way and thousands of stars are visible. It is absolutely, insanely beautiful. I have been fascinated with it since I was young. I can't wait to buy a deep sky telescope.
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Given 2011-06-05
Stunning. Amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful. Surreal. Just to name a few words deviants have left on this brilliant capture. The colors, the exposure, the reflection. Simply perfect!

Endless Possibility by ~OctoberLife ( Featured by Anoya )
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ca-ly Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
Thanks so much :heart:
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ca-ly Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :heart:
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SugarGirlSweet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Perfect)
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Nightwalker50 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice early phase III aurora. 
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
:)
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luiza-rizzieri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy sh*t
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Sounds pleasant! Thanks for looking.
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luiza-rizzieri Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAHA I'm still in shock that this landscape is a real place.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
There's a lot of this river in my gallery :D
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luiza-rizzieri Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I noticed! If you don't mind asking, do you live near by or do you travel to take these photos? I noticed too that mostly of your photos are in Canada. I'll put it on my list to places that I want to travel in future :drool:
 
You have an amazing astrophotography portfolio. 
:clap: I never saw nebulas or galaxies with the naked eye, and it's unbelievable that there is places with the sky so clear, and these things are so visible! :omfg:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Maybe there's even somewhere relatively close to you that has a dark enough sky. You never know! A little research never hurts :) 

I used to live in the Northwest Territories in Canada so yeah many of those photos could have been taken in my figurative sometimes literal back yard. I moved to Vancouver Island since and I've been able to find some pretty nice dark skies within a 15 or 20 minute drive. I've even taken some night sky photos from here, they're in my gallery. No auroras though they're very rare here haha. 

Search and you will find :)
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Zurawinska Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
So amazing. <3
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Thank you :)
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Nightla05 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Endless possibility = Sonic Unleashed!
Awesome!!!!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Haha, thank you :D
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WindWaker100403 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mugics
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xXSarahChanXx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Infinite-Zero-Nova Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
So amazing OAO
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marilin0701 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the best photo I have seen for a while. I am deeply in love with it Stars+ lights and the whole scene. It is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us. Magical!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
My pleasure. Thank you :)
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RUthle55 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
miraculous!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
:)
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CrazyGamer324 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Incredible
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Thank you :)
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milkpaige Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
This is amazing.  I can't believe that this view exists - with both the aurora borealis and all of those stars. Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
The pleasure is really mine :) Keep in mind that while you can detect nearly this many stars with the naked eye, properly dark adapted, and while aurora much more intense than this is possible, for this particular scene, this photo is just a little brighter than it would seem in person. This is for viewing purposes. It's pretty close, though, to what you can see out there.
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PoisonMeForTheFuture Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Out of this world!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Happy that you enjoy it!
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Danichi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing.. I love it!! 
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks for looking :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   General Artist
Looks even more amazing now :nod:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks dude!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   General Artist
no probs!
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zaboo17 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning...Sometimes when you look at such beauty as this, you forget about everything else.
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Isabella-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just... I have no words. It's just an amazing image, so inspiring and beautiful.

~Ceska
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Aww thank you :) I can't claim too much to the affect other than being in the right place at the right time though =P
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Isabella-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's half of being a photographer, wonderful timing! :P

~Ceska
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LostMessageInABottle Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I was going to use the points i earned to buy my BFF a premium... but I never realized that she had bought herself one already. I'm using the points now to support artists. I just bought your photo. :) absolutely beautiful. :heart:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for the support. Any problems let me know.
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LostMessageInABottle Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. The picture I bought was for my mom and she loved it. Wonderful work
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I'm glad she loved it :) Thank you again. And, sorry I updated the processing AFTER your purchase. =(
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redsteroo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I ordered this in the largest size possible and it looks magnificent on my wall!!!! Still loving it. :o)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I really appreciate the support, and super happy that it keeps giving back to you :) I will try to make something better than it before I go south in the fall :)
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MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this has to be one of the most beautiful pics I've ever seen!
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sed Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
:iconofficialfella1plz: Nice work!
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Mishikato Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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SilenceisBrilliant Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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BabyBerry15 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Gorgeous!!!!!
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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