I've just llogged into the SOV site for the first time in a while because I have been traveling, and still am. I'm writing this from Canmore, AB Canada. We left Glacier National Park today and will be doing the the Banff, Lake Louise, Icefields Highway tour over the next few days. Unfortunately, it rained every night in Glacier so I didn't get any night shots.
Margy, I am happy to share my knowledge of night sky photography with anyone who is willing to listen and I enjoyed our night sky photo op last year at Killington. The reflections of the stars in the pond were really nice. Anyone who is interested can find my article on night sky photography on my website at http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Nightscapes
and here's the photo I made with Margy at Colton pond: http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Portfolio/After-Dark/i-hsSTJpJ
. Here's a night sky shot I made with Carol at May Pond: http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Portfolio/After-Dark/i-Fq9cHRg
. Here's one I made at Lake Willoughby last year shooting with Carol and Andy: http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Portfolio/After-Dark/i-q9PFNVH
deaner1971 wrote:Does anyone know if the moon having set has the same effect as it being new or does the light still obscure the night, even when the moon is no longer visible?
Dean, new moon or set moon, it doesn't matter. You just don't want the moon lighting up the sky. That said, a crescent moon, can add just enough light to get a good foreground without having to composite sky/foreground shots.
I've found that it is still possible to get a good Milky Way shot that includes the galactic center even in November. Here are a couple of examples from two different years in November in Arches National Park: http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Portfolio/After-Dark/i-HmGH9PJ
I think Photo Pills is the absolute best app for night sky photography. Not only will it show you when the galactic center will be visible and where it will be, it includes and augmented reality feature that uses the phone's camera to show you where the Milky Way will be at a particular time. That way, you can find the foreground you want in your shot and find the exact time the Milky Way will be where you want it. Here's an example: http://www.goldimagesphoto.com/Portfolio/After-Dark/i-PjxxKDW
. I wanted the galactic center of the Milky Way to appear between the Turret Arch and the mountain next to it. With Photo Pills, I held the phone up at the spot and turned the time in Photo Pills until the galactic center was where I wanted it. Then I returned at that time to get the shot. I didn't have to leave anything to chance.
I know that some of the regulars to this forum are starved for color and can't wait for October. I've seen and photographed a bit of color here in the west and I'll try to post some photos to the foliage forum when I get a few minutes during my travels.