So Many Stars

Last Friday night up at Duck Lake, the sky was very clear and there more stars than I’ve seen in a long time.  I had to get some photographs of them.  Here I present them in three formats.

The first is a simple photo of the stars.  Click on the image to see larger.

Lots of Stars

Lots of Stars

The second way is as a time-lapse of the stars moving through the sky.  There are about 120 photos taken over an hour (one every 30 seconds) resulting in a 4 second video.

And, the third is an image of the start tracks.  This can be done in PhotoShop, or, as I did here, using the free software, StarStaX.

Star Tracks

Star Tracks

Please comment below and let me know what you like and don’t like about these.  I have my own ideas, but would like to hear from you on your preferences.



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  1. Karen Burns April 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    I think your star trails are wonderful. I hope to do some more of this type of shooting when I get up to a higher elevation and have some clear skies. The few times I tried, I never got anything as wonderful as yours. Wonderful images and video.

    • mfyancey April 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks, Karen. I’ll bet that you have some really dark skies up at the cabin. Should get some great shots of the milky way which I have trouble with here.

  2. Mara April 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Very nice, Mark. I really like the first simple photo. Is that a shooting star, just left of the middle, behind the trees?

    • mfyancey April 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks, Mara. Yes, I think it is a shooting star. I captured a couple other streaks in the sky, but they were airplanes (blinking lights as they moved).

  3. Eleanor Fry April 26, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    very interesting and beautiful Mark.

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