Sunset and Milky Way

Last Friday evening was a calm, clear evening.  I checked my PhotoPills app, my nighttime photo planning tool, and saw that the Milky Way would be prime, running from south-southwest straight overhead to north-northeast.  The moon wouldn’t be rising until after midnight.  So, I decided to try to capture the Milky Way.  Because Traverse City is northwest of my location and would cause lots of light pollution, I decided to look to the southwest.  Sunset was about 8:30.  As you can see from the photo below, there was a bit of color along the horizon, but not much in the sky.

Sunset, Green Lake, August 2019
Sunset, Green Lake, August 2019

I knew I wouldn’t be able to see any stars for a while, so I waited.  Finally, about 10:30 I started to see signs of the milky way.  However, it took a while longer before I could get a photograph.  As you can see in the image below, even with the camera pointed away from TC, there is a lot of light in the sky near the horizon.  Still, I was able to capture the Milky Way, a lot of stars, and even an airplane.

Milky Way, Green Lake, August 2019
Milky Way, Green Lake, August 2019

It was a great evening to be out looking at the sky.  Now, if I could get everyone in Thompsonville to turn off their lights ….


7 thoughts on “Sunset and Milky Way

    1. Hey, Ted. Thanks for the comment. Sorry for the long delay in responding, but I’ve let the web site languish for several months. I hope to get it back up top date.

  1. great pictures!! thanks for sharing. Let me know if your shooting pictures in my direction, I’ll be sure and turn off our lights!

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