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I went out Saturday night to shoot the Milky Way and Comet C/2020 F3 “Neowise”. It was a gorgeous night with perfect weather for it. I’ve only got one image ready to share.
Here’s the Milky Way with Jupiter the brightest planet to the left of the Milky Way and little bitty Saturn to left of it.
I used my old Legacy Nikon 18mm f/3.5 Ais manual focus lens for this shoot. I light-painted the log and grass in the foreground, but this lens is so bright it picked up the light spill from the setting Moon in the background too. I forgot it was this bright, and I love the colors it renders. It’s going to live in my bag for the rest of the summer.
In other news, I’m just about out of memory on this desktop computer so we’ve bought a new faster one with more memory. I think we’re installing and transferring all my programs to it tomorrow. If all goes well I’ll be online checking out your blogs as usual and replying to any comments after that, but if not…I’ll be back when I can! Wish us luck!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 18mm f/3.5Ais| 25seconds| ISO 3200| Manual Mode| Single Frame processed in PS CC 21.2.1
more to come…
50 thoughts on “Whatever Weds. Stargazing”
Excellent image. I love the balance.
Thank you very much, Robert! 😀✨
Superb photo. I really liked it.
Thank you so much, Geri! I appreciate you’re lovely comment. 😀
Fantastic! You got this night shooting down! Woop Woop! 🙂
Thank you! Yes, I had a good teacher many years ago. Still I can learn to do it better. 😀
There are a lot of photography tricks I need to learn. I just figured out last week how to get a good shot of the moon with my Sony. 🙂 It doesn’t work like my Nikon.
Wow, that is one perfect image, Deborah! What could top it? From the star-scape to the gorgeous reflections. Superb work! Hugs on the wing.
Thank you so much, Teagan! I’m so glad you like it. Hugs back at you! xx
Thank you so much!! 😀
Great shot Deborah! I like your composition and the foreground. I did get out shooting the stars one night and captured the comet but it was not very pronounced on that night since the moon was up. It rekindled my interest in night photography though and now I’m looking forward to going out when the moon isn’t up.
Thank you so much, Denise! I’m looking forward to your night photography series.
That is gorgeous! The colors are amazing. It looks like a painting in the sky.
Thank you 🙏🏻😄
Deborah, I recently learned about the term (acronym?) “Neowise.” An amazing photo on many levels! Good luck on the computer transfer. It will be worth it.🙂
It’s a mouth full isn’t it? Neowise is so much easier. Thank you so much, Erica! The computer transfer went very well, thank you!
What a grand photo! Few people on the east coast have the big sky view with stars and planets. At least we can see it through your wonderful photography. Thanks so much, Deborah. I hope all goes well with the new computer.
Thank you so much, Jennie! I’m so glad you like the image.
The computer transfer was a success! My printer isn’t printing, but hopefully that issue gets resolved easily.
You are welcome, Deborah. And, hooray!
Wow, what a stunning photograph, Deborah. I appreciated you pointing out Jupiter and Saturn, too. Wonderful to visit the Milky Way here today, thank you.
Thank you so much, Jet! I’m glad you enjoyed the image. 😀
This is such a gorgeous photo, Deborah. I love the colors. Best of luck with the move to the new computer! 🙂
Thank you, Amy! It’s all done!!! It was pretty painless. He-Man had it all done in 24 hours.
Great shot! I love a star-filled sky. 🙂
Thank you so much, Paul! Me too. I’m so glad you like the image.
So beautiful, Deborah, it’s out of this world! 🥰
Have fun with your new computer, I’m shopping for a new laptop myself, well my son’s looking for me. He’s the techie, he knows what I need for my photo processing! 😉
Thank you, Donna! Best of luck with your computer shopping and transfer too!!
Beautiful picture! Good luck with your computer change-over. Smart to do it before everything crashes (like I did).
Thank you, Janis!! He-Man is really good at keeping on top of it for me so we have been lucky and upgrade before it crashes except for that one time years ago when the computer died unexpectedly.😄
Really lovely, Deborah!
Thank you so much, Belinda!
Great image Deborah, no need for me to wish you luck on your computer switch since I know you have a live in IT Support guy in your house…LOL…
Thanks, Dan! He-Man is doing the transfer now.
Super photo, Deborah. Good luck with the computer switch.
Thank you so much, John!
A truly excellent photo!
Good luck with transferring everything to your new computer.
Thank you so much, Pit!
What a wonderful photo of the milky way! I love it. I was struck by the color in the foreground. That seemed unexpected and I was interested by your explanation. Very cool.
ooooo, a new computer! Oh boy. Hope the transfer goes smoothly!
Thank you so much, Melissa! Light painting is fun, but can be tricky to get it just right.
Thanks for the well wishes on the computer transfer. I hope it goes well too!
Gorgeous photo. Best of luck with your new computer and all that it entails to get it going. See ‘ya on the flip side.
Thank you so much, Ally! I hope to see you soon on the flip side! 😊
Happy new, as my wife likes to phrase it.
I wondered about the brightness of the ground; your comment about light painting explained it.
Thank you, Steve. Glad I cleared it up. 😊
That’s a wonderful image, Deborah. So much to see.
Good luck with the transfer process.
Thank you so much, Dan! Thankfully, He-Man knows what he’s doing, but I always worry about it.
Good luck with the computer transfer. That always causes a bit of drama, so I hope yours is minimal.
Thanks for the details behind this photo. I wondered how it managed to be so bright. I had no idea that a lens could make that much of a difference! No wonder you’re going to keep it close!!
Thank you so much, Joanne! I hope there’s little to no pain with the transfer of files and programs!
I haven’t used this lens in a long time and forgot about how bright it is. It requires taming in full sun light, but sunsets, and night sky imaging it’s not bad.
Good luck with your computer. It’s always a worry but usually works out just fine. 🙂 That is one amazing shot you have there. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much, Judy! I’m a bit of nervous wreck worried about my photo editing software, and images making the transfer.
Fingers crossed they all make it over!