Whatever Weds. Stargazing

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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.

Milky Way over the Eastern Sierras
Copyright ©2020 Deborah M. Zajac ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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

      1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 😉

    1. 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.😄

  6. 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…

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!

    1. 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.

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