I recently attended the Table Mountain Star Party. With the dark skies, I was able to try to take some night sky photos of the Milky Way. I read the book Photography: Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting after Dark by Jennifer Wu and James Martin. One of the chapter is the book is Stars as Points of Light. I used this chapter as guidance to set my Canon T3i. I created an article explaining my camera settings to take a night sky photo.
Merriam-Webster defines astronomy as “the study of objects and matter outside the earth’s atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties”.
At this point in my interest in astronomy and what I think most people who look up at the sky are interested in, the first part of the definition is the most relevant. I want to look at the night sky and wonder what is up there. I want to use a telescope to see what is up there in more detail. I want to take pictures of the night sky to remember what I saw.
What I hope to do with this website is make it easier for others who share this desire to be amazed by the night sky as I was when I was a kid growing up on a farm 20 years ago when the sky was pitch black and stars were everywhere.