We had a campfire at night and I could see through the trees that the stars were crystal clear and that it was going to be a great night for stargazing.
When I put the fire out and stepped out into a clearing, I could immediately see the faint veil of the Milky Way. You know it's a great sky when you don't even recognize constellations because there are too many stars!
|Canon T5i on fixed tripod, stack of 29 light frames at ISO 6400, f/4.5, 18mm, 10 sec|
Total exposure time 4 min 8 sec
|Same image as above with the Summer Triangle and Cygnus|
|Canon T5i on fixed tripod, stack of 95 light frames at ISO 3200, f/4.5, 18mm, 10 sec|
Total exposure time 14 min 41 sec
|Cassiopeia and Andromeda rising over the treetops|
Canon T5i on fixed tripod, single frame ISO 3200, 18mm, f/4.5, 10 sec
I'll end by saying it's a good sign when the trees in the foreground are actually black at night. I'm so used to seeing houses and orange trees in the neighborhood. Even at ISO 3200, these trees make true silhouettes against the night sky. Very cool!