Milky Way

Posted Aug 12, 2018

Milky Way
Milky Way, with Mars near the bottom
Aug. 11, 2018

I'd been wanting to try astrophotography for a while; a weekend spent in eastern Washington was my first good opportunity. Goldendale is a tiny town with very little light pollution, and an observatory that I'd visited a few years ago. We stayed in a cabin about 15 minutes from then town, and it turned out to be a terrific setting.

Leading up to the weekend, I spent a good bit of time on the website Lonely Speck, reading up on lenses, camera settings, and the need to buy a headlamp (good advice, it turned out).

The first night there, I was excited to finally get to try things out but by then had forgotten a few of the finer points — details like how to focus in the dark. I did get a couple of decent shots, but I was in a hurry, not to mention a tired from the four hour drive from Seattle.

The second night (shown here), I think I got it right.

Shot with Fuji X-T2, Rokinon 12mm, 25 seconds at f2.0, ISO 1600.