I went out to my usual spot near Reynolds, ID to shoot a time lapse with my new 16mm lense. After a few hours, I was disappointed to see that some thin clouds had moved in. It wasn't till I got home and looked at the images that I could see how the haze really brings out the brighter stars. Here's a stack I made from some of the images.
After an amazing evening at The Springs in Idaho City, we pulled over on our way home, and I got some nice shots of the Milky Way.
Vega, Deneb, and Altair make up the summer triangle which is visible into late fall.
Sage Hen Reservoir - I went up Wednesday before the eclipse to save a camping site. This left me with several nights to take shots. Between shots, I would notice bats flying through the beam of my headlamp. Night sky photographers always love dry, clear skies, but sometimes a few thin clouds creates a nice effect.
At Sage Hen Reservoir, while camping to view the eclipse I took a series of images on the lake. This is a blend of a 14 images stack for the sky with o shot of me on the shore holding up my headlamp.
Sage Hen Reservoir
I had bee looking for a place to view the eclipse, and found several campgrounds on a reservoir in Boise National Forest, West of Smith's Ferry, ID. I decided to spend a night there and get some shots. The skies were the darkest I had seen.
Same location as previous post, off Upper Reynolds Creek Rd, Just north of Reynolds, Idaho. This place has so many large boulders jutting up out of the hills, I sometimes call it Rock Town, since it's like a mini City of Rocks.
My sister was visiting from the Seattle area and her last night I took her to my favorite stargazing location about 35 min south of our home. I took several series of shots to try out image stacking. Here's an image I created from a stack of 14 shots.
Rokinon 24mm f/1.4
10 second exposure
While looking at Google maps, I noticed an old cemetery south of where I often for night sky photography. I tend to be a bit of a taphophile, so I thought I'd head down for a visit and see what kind of shots I could get. Here's a pano I put together.
A pano of the Big Dipper over rocks off Upper Reynolds Creek Rd. I hat taken my parents with me for a night of stargazing while taking shots for panoramas. Dad had had a stroke the previous November and was enjoying the stars despite his macular degeneration.
Trying out my new Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 on my dad's Pentax K-x just before moonrise. Dad had been an amateur photographer for years before his macular degeneration. Dad had been letting me use his Pentax since I'd become interested in night sky photography in 2015.