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Milky way, darkest place in the eastern US

 
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May 21, 2012 21:17 |  #1

So i've been waiting for about 4 months to go to this state park in Pennsylvania. Its a place called Cherry Springs State Park. It was a 6.5 hour drive from long island...it was well worth it! I had recently made a DIY about how to piggyback your camera to an EQ mount. I've done a few mods to it since the video, i added a ball head mount to the center...works flawlessly! Link:

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=l28bMljhs1o (external link)

Anyways, this place was amazing. Couldnt have asked for a more perfect night. I waited for a while to start seeing the milky way, but when it showed up over the hoizon, it was really neat, it looked like a patch of clouds at first. So yeah, this is what i did, and i hope you guys like them.

6 shot Panorama of the milky way @ 11mm:

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2 min exposure tracked @ 50mm
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May 21, 2012 21:22 |  #2

Absolutely amazing!!

It's not exactly a "dark night sky" :D


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May 21, 2012 21:23 |  #3

BEAUTIFUL...


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May 22, 2012 02:30 |  #4

Awesome! Love the pano! I need to pull up stellarium and find out when it's in my area and try a few pics


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May 22, 2012 04:47 |  #5

Number 1 is a sheer win. Number 2 has too much blur in the trees (wind I assume). Three has too many stars!!!

Having said that I love all three!


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May 22, 2012 10:27 |  #6

Wow.


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May 22, 2012 11:05 |  #7

like it....I used to live in Long island and even the NYAOS fave observing site in Robert Moses was not dark enough to see the milky way...now I go to Bryce Canyon.


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May 22, 2012 11:06 |  #8

Gutterscum wrote in post #14467432 (external link)
Number 1 is a sheer win. Number 2 has too much blur in the trees (wind I assume). Three has too many stars!!!

Having said that I love all three!

#2 is a five minute track... anything attached to the earth that is in the frame is going to be blurred.


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May 22, 2012 11:51 |  #9

tonyniev wrote in post #14468641 (external link)
like it....I used to live in Long island and even the NYAOS fave observing site in Robert Moses was not dark enough to see the milky way...now I go to Bryce Canyon.

I go down to Robert Moses a lot. they have a permit you can buy to get in and it's not bad at all. montauk is just too far for me. Robert Moses is only 15-20 min from me.


and thank you everyone! I have a few more shots but I haven't gotten to them yet.


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May 22, 2012 12:42 |  #10

There was a forum i use to be on that was called Our Dark Skies but it's closed now , but they had a Star Party there every year . If you can find out about it that would be a good time to go .




  
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May 22, 2012 13:05 |  #11

breath taking...


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May 22, 2012 13:06 |  #12

yeah I know about the annual star party there, I heard it gets pretty crowded. there were probably a good 30-40 people there Saturday. I only stayed for one night, but I do plan on going back again. maybe for the meteor shower in August. that would be a great site.

and let me tell you....I saw So many satellites that night I went. you can even see some of them blinking. it was quite amazing!


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May 22, 2012 17:27 |  #13

togish1 around what time (night or early am) were the shots taken? Trying to get an idea as to when the star cloud of Milky Way rises




  
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May 22, 2012 17:29 |  #14

Fantastic shots.....The W.Va./ Va. border is pitch black as well. Have a campsite there. The dew is a problem sometimes, but still a great dark site. :)


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May 22, 2012 18:15 |  #15

rahuljuvv wrote in post #14470384 (external link)
togish1 around what time (night or early am) were the shots taken? Trying to get an idea as to when the star cloud of Milky Way rises

i think i started to see the middle section of it around 11:30pm...it changes every day though...download stelarium (sp?) and you can figure out everything from there

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Fantastic shots.....The W.Va./ Va. border is pitch black as well. Have a campsite there. The dew is a problem sometimes, but still a great dark site. :)

yeah it was either i go down to VA or go to PA....i go to VA beach all the time, so a change of location was it for me :)


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