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 ….


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  1. Mara August 26, 2019 at 10:41 am #

    Amazing photos, Mark!

  2. Karen Burns August 26, 2019 at 10:53 am #

    Fantastic image of the Milky Way!!!! Can’t wait to stand on our new deck look at the skies.

  3. Sandy August 26, 2019 at 10:57 am #

    That is just beautiful. You certainly have a lot of

  4. Doug Julius August 27, 2019 at 9:03 am #

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

  5. Ted August 27, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

    Such a great photo, thanks Mark!

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  6. Ted & polly August 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    Great shot! Is that a planet? Inspires me to get out there…

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