Sunday, December 4, 2022
Appulse of Venus and the Moon. A simulated view of the Moon as it passes Venus. They will be and amazingly close 0° 05’ apart. This view is how the Moon and Venus should look with a 500 mm lens on a full Frame camera from Sydney, Australia at 4:37 AM on February 1st, 2019. Graphic courtesy: Stellarium Developers

Close Approach of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon – Jan 29th to Feb....

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From January 29th to February 2nd, the Moon will move across the morning sky past Jupiter and then Venus on it's way to New Moon. The Moon will be...
roaring river falls

Chasing The Milky Way in Kings Canyon National Park

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Kings Canyon National Park is an overlooked destination for Milky Way photography. Living in the San Joaquin Valley of California can pose challenges for those of us that like...

Chase The Milky Way MindShift Bag Giveaway Winner, Part Deux!

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July has been a busy month for all of us, and it's taken a little bit of time, but we are happy to announce the second winner in our...
Milky Way Pano in March 2019 over Island in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park

Five Composition Tips for Milky Way Photography

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Learn my five favorite composition tips for Milky Way Photography! Make sure your images have quality composition when you go out for your next Milky Way! Milky Way Photography is...
Martian Sunset - Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist. See The Best Vacation Spots in Our Solar System

See The Best Vacation Spots in Our Solar System – Wanderers by Erik Wernquist

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there's a film that shows all my dreams and more come true! Made in 2014 by Swedish film maker Erik Wernquist, the film Wanderers shows what it could be like to travel around our solar system. Wernquist, a digital artist and animator, took actual images from NASA spacecraft and combined them with live action and computer generated graphics. The film shows tourists exploring and experiencing the beautiful vistas across our solar system.
Total Eclipse of the Moon. ISO 1600, f/16, 8.0 seconds. Single shot. Sony 200-600mm G lens with 2x teleconverter, effective focal length 1200mm. 4:15 AM 26 May 2021. Near Parkdale, OR, USA. 2021 Copyright Kirk D. Keyes

Is There an Eclipse Today? How to Plan and Photograph a Total Lunar Eclipse.

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The short answer to the question posed above is "yes" if today is May 15-16, 2022. It is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2022 - so...

Anatomy of an Image – Mackinac Bridge and Comet NEOWISE

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Deepscape astrophotography is quite polarizing. You are attempting to record a scene in which your eye cannot, or barely can, see. As a result, the vast majority of these...
jason jenkins from stockton, california, "Geminid Spiral" (8271392943), CC BY-SA 2.0

How to Photograph the 2020 Geminid Meteor Shower

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The Geminid meteor shower is arguably the best meteor shower of the year. The 2020 shower peak should occur during the early evening hours of December 13th for North...
Milky Way Photography for Beginners - Part One

Milky Way Photography for Beginners – Research, Location Scouting and Apps

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In Part Two, I cover the "In The Field" portion of a Milky Way adventure - from pre-trip items you should look at to prepping the camera before the...
Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses: Your Complete Guide to Conceptualizing, Planning and Creating Composite Nightscapes and Time-Lapses 1st Edition

Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses by Mike Shaw – Book Review

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You know how it goes, it's a lot like the hero's journey. In my quest to travel from ignorance to wisdom, I often turn to Google, and it's child...