About a week ago, while up at OCC, I waited until well after sunset, about 10:30, and walked down to the dock to see the stars. I was amazed, not at the stars, but at how light it was. I could still make my way down the dock without the flashlight. I had to wait about another hour before it was dark enough to really see some stars. Forget about seeing the Milky Way, though. Just too much light. Here are a couple photos, one taken looking south and the other northeast toward Traverse City. Pretty obvious which is which.
Then, I took a series of photos to create a time-lapse video with the stars moving through the sky, but decided not to continue it. However, when I got back home and looked at the images, I could see an airplane moving through the sky. After watching a few times, I could see a second plane. So here is the 2 second clip.
I’m looking forward to more dark nights getting some star trail videos to share.