Milky Way and Star Trails The milky way Saturday night over a corn field I have been eyeing for the right night …The moon didn’t rise until 3:30 am, making for a stunningly dark and star studded sky. The Milky Way, in turn, contrasted favorably against the night.. I was creating 2 star trail images for a total of 2 hours prior to single images of the milky way. Stars require roughly 15 seconds of exposure – 20 (depending upon the lens used) .. quite different than my 2 hour + star trails. I am putting those together .. haven’t even begun that task yet of combining a number of 4 minute exposures into one image .. Techie stuff: Nikon D810 Gitzo tripod 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens at 17mm 15 seconds f/4 ISO 5000 vello remote shutter release “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Psalms 147:4 KJV I use TPE (the photographers ephemeris app (as well as photo pills)) very often to plan where I want to be to photograph the moon, stars, etc. I’ve posted a snap of where the Milky Way was when I photographed this image. I am facing South. See how the milky way is exactly where this app says it will be at 11:15. It also tells me the azimuth and the altitude of the galactic center and moon (which has not risen yet). Polaris is behind me and if I had wanted to create circular star trails I would have faced North. Where I was facing I will have an arc of star trails .. you will see once I work and post the image (the one that took me 2 hours to make). You will note how helpful it is to be able to utilize an app such as this to locate and pre-visualize a composition that our eyes cannot see! … And star trails that we can never see visually. Can you imagine how it would be if we could literally blend time within our own visual ability? We’d see the patterns the Lord creates! Share this:FacebookPinterestEmailTwitterLinkedIn Post navigation Kristen’s Race of Faith to beat Breast Cancer – the full experience in a pdfPresets Review: sleeklens workflow for Lightroom and Photoshop Leave a ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.