Randy Halverson of DakotaLapse re-edited previous footage from May of 2011 into a new time-lapse movie, “Plains Milky Way” (embedded after the jump).

Vimeo video

(This is really fabulous in HD and Full-screen, with the sound turned way up!)

Randy’s notes:

During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph +. That made it hard to get the shots I wanted. I kept most of the shots low to the ground, so the wind wouldn’t catch the setup and cause camera shake, or blow it over. I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a “Milapse” mount on the panning ones.

This was all shot at night. If you see stars and it looks like daylight, it is actually moon light. 20+ second exposures make it look like daylight.