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Steve Price
The Last Chance Desert, Utah
11:21 pm

Equipment Details:

Canon T7, Rokinon 14mm lens, MSM Star Tracker, Tripod, Intervalometer.

Post-processing Details:

Single exposure, 3 minutes 25 seconds, f/ 5.6, ISO 6400. Slight cropping to level the ground, some denoising applied to reduce hot camera sensor color noise. Otherwise the long, star tracked, exposure collects a lot more light data than a shorter, untracked image. The Junipers in the foreground were illuminated by my cell phone to freeze the tracking blur as seen in the background trees.

Image Details:

This weekend I made a 2 hour trip to The Last chance Desert to get in an overnight Astrophotography session which I missed on the New Moon a few nights prior. So after arriving, setting up my gear, having a late 1030PM sandwich dinner with a diet caffeinated soda while waiting for the moon to set, I got busy running 3 cameras.

The longer, tracked exposures really make a difference looking deeper into the night sky and collect much more detail from the Milky Way than will a single, untracked, short exposure to prevent star trails. The dust lanes reveal the darker elements of the Milky Way which I enjoy. Nebulae and Star Clusters also capture better with longer focal lengths than this 14 mm wide angle...which I why the other two Sony cameras were running a 24mm wide angle and an 85mm lens to focus on certain areas in the galactic arm. A Bortle Class 1 dark sky helps, too. Makes even a rookie like me look good...sometimes.

After June the MW season heads to a close in a few months with November being about the end for seeing the center of the MW...maybe a one hour session. May, June and July provide many hours each night of imaging when you have clear skies the week before and after the New Moon.