Cedar Hills Vineyard Star Party Time Lapse Video

I hosted a star party for the guests at the Cedar Hills Vineyard & Gardens (http://www.cedarhillsvineyard.com/) on Friday night before the solar eclipse. The night started rather hazy, so viewing of Jupiter (near the horizon from that latitude) was poor and Saturn was marginal. However, once we hit full dark they had excellent dark skies with only a small light cone over Grand Island. Viewing for the rest of the evening was excellent.

In this time lapse you can see the Milky Way rising across the sky. I captured time lapse images throughout the evening with the camera set on auto exposure to take longer exposures as the night went on. Unfortunately the camera limited the exposure to 6 seconds at 1600 ISO, so I didn't get the long 30 second exposures I normally look for at full dark. I attempted to stretch the later images somewhat without getting too noisy, but ah well.

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  • Heidi Schutz on 2017-Sep-13 22:30:44 Heidi Schutz said

    Awesome, Michael! Thanks so much for hosting our star party. It was truly fun & educational!
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