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My First Milky Way Photos

September 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I went out two nights ago to take my first astronomical photos starting as I am sure most folks do with the Milky Way Galaxy, our home galaxy. I struggled a bit with vibration distorting the images. The trick is to find a place where there is little wind and weigh down your tripod using the clip under the centre post and then use a remote shutter release if you have one (mine is toast).

I picked up a number of meteors in my photos. They were all short-duration events or so it seemed. I used ISO 6400 and shutter speeds up to 15 seconds but discovered that ISO 6400 and a five-second exposure is about right.

I went to four locations and only one was dark enough. It is a private driveway to a south-facing ridge which I have permission to use.

The two brightest objects to the left, going east from the brightest portion of the Milky Way, are Jupiter and Saturn.

My First Milky Way Photos

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