Milky Way shot from last night

My wife and I went to our place in Williams, AZ for the 4th, to get out of the Phoenix heat (it was 66°F during the fireworks!). I didn’t bring a lot of camera gear, but I did bring my tripod, so I decided to try a night shot. There is a small watering hole very close to our place, and I set up and waited for the sky to get dark. My wife wasn’t feeling well, so she wanted me back by 9:15. The sky still wasn’t fully dark at that time, and the crescent moon was up, but conditions were pretty good. I also didn’t have my good wide-angle, fast, prime lenses, just my 16-300mm Superzoom.

But, it’s a good “proof of concept” - I’ll have to come back with the good gear later.
Bonus fireworks+moon shot.

Wow. That’s amazing.

I’d say something clever, but I’m at a loss for words.

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That came out pretty well. Did you have it set to auto?

No, manual - 8 seconds at ƒ/3.5 ISO 1600
Nikon D7200 w/Tamron 16mm-300mm @16mm

I have the same camera. I may have to give it a try.

what’s the body of water, lake or river, because there’s blur in the water. Is there movement/current in the water?

Sky looks good!

Okay, now that I’ve seen the proof-of-concept, I’m ready to see your final product.

The fireworks look great; too bad the moon couldn’t cooperate more for the composition.

I looked at some of your other photos on Flickr. Some nice shots in there, especially in the desert and Monument Valley.

It’s a little man-made watering hole here.
There was a stiff breeze (there’s always a breeze up there), so the water had ripples on it.

I’m already planning when I can go back - looks like the weekend of 8/3 might be good - no moon, and Milky way nearly vertical around 10pm.

“Nice shootin there Arizona”

It’s sometimes amazing the photos that can be gotten out of what you might think is inadequate equipment. You have skill, and maybe a bit of luck.

Beautiful. In the first photo, what’s that thing shining like a bulb in top center? Is it Venus?

It’s Vega. So bright that I could see it’s reflection even before the sky was dark.

Sorry to be late on replying - love both photos!

However, in the second one with the fireworks and the moon, you answered a question I’ve had for some time: according to Katy Perry, fireworks are even brighter than the moon, moon, moon, and I wondered if she was correct. Looks like, yes, they can be (in the “galactic centre” bit, if you will), but otherwise, not!

OK, here’s my second version. I didn’t get a chance to go back until the end of August, and the core of our galaxy is starting to get low in the sky. I’m going to try from a different location in two weeks, and that will be it until next spring.
This version was taken with my Nikon D800E and Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens, which is a far superior combination than the first one (mostly due to the lens - the D7200 is capable of excellent night shots (but the D800E is better)).
This image is a composite of 25 sequential frames, stacked with “Starry Landscape Stacker,” which results in an almost noise-free image.

BTW, I also posted this in the “Dark Sky Location” thread.

That is a fantastic picture!

Yes, that is a fantastic picture, but I was also browsing through your collection and you really have some impressive shots there. This, for instance, is a work of art!

Thanks for the nice comments.