After three attempts, our photography meet-up group finally got to go to Pine Mountain Observatory for Milky Way shots. The weather didn’t cooperate the first two attempts and we weren’t quite sure how it was going to turn out last night, but it turned out to be a perfect night for it.
The only obstacle was the number of people at the observatory. The observatory is run by Oregon State University and in the spring and summer they have weekend lectures there. So there were a lot of red lights running around which can be taken out in Lightroom or Photoshop.
I’m still learning astrophotography and it poses some challenges. One is it is pitch black out there so you can’t see anything to focus on. The key is to pre-focus and tape the lens so it doesn’t move. You want the widest aperture which on my lens is 2.8 and a wide angle lens. I have a 17-50mm lens and I made the mistake of zooming in when I was pre-focusing the the tape covered the zoom. So while I was at the observatory I had to move the tape so I could get the lens at the widest angle which may have affected my focus a bit.
But it was a wonderful evening, beautiful weather, and great company.