How to Find and Photograph the Milky Way

Chasing the Milky Way has been my drug of choice for the past year or so. Unfortunately, between about September and February, the milky way is not able to be seen at night here in Michigan. This creates a bit of a frustration for us astrophotographers. Finding the Milky Way and then shooting it are two difficult tasks on their own, but I'll show you my process for how I plan out a trip and execute a Milky Way photo-adventure. The Milky Way on Blackrocks at Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan. When and Where Finding the Milky Way is not difficult if you've got the right resources. One of the most challenging barriers is finding a good location. Not only do you have to escape strong light pol

How to Capture Star Trails

Before you dig too far here, if you haven't read my first post sharing my tips on how to get started on shooting the stars, head over there if you'd like some quick, general information about night sky shooting. You may have seen some of my images of the night sky where the stars look like huge circles or streaks across the frame. I'm going to show you two methods for achieving this effect and weigh in on what the pros and cons are of attempting one method over the other. Mackinac Bridge, Michigan: One 4-hour exposure Required Materials 1. Camera - You'll need a camera that has the capability to do long exposures. Ideally, you'll want one that can open the shutter for 30 seconds, and, for on

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