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Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: February 27th, 2011, 3:01 pm
by fmcmains
Hello All,

My name is Frank McMains and I attended the Deep South Regional Star Gaze for Country Roads Magazine. They plan on running a story with photos from the event in the month prior to the next get together. Thanks to all the kind people I met that night. I was a blast and I look forward to writing about it.

I just got back from a trip to southern Baja, Mexico. While I was there I got a few star trail shots that I thought you guys might enjoy seeing.

I don't have a tracking mount so star trails are about all that I can do, but I think these came out pretty well.

If anyone is interested in my other work they can check it out on my photo blog:

An Airstream by the Sea-Small.jpg
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Re: Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: February 27th, 2011, 3:04 pm
by fmcmains
I also got a passable star trail shot on the night of the star gaze that I know I posted somewhere before but I thought I'd put it here in the event anyone was interested. Sadly, my lens started to dew up after I got this shot so it is about all I have to show for the night.

Re: Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: February 27th, 2011, 7:39 pm
by Christopher K.
The star trails look very good. There's so much artificial light in the first Mexico image that I'm surprised you didn't have any difficulty.

A number of BRAS people were at DSRSG last year. Ben and I were out Thursday from sunset to about midnight and Saturday from about 11:30pm to 3am (or something like that). I'm glad you were able to attend; I'm also glad the extreme cold only claimed the optics. Seasoned astrophotographers at these events have tricks such as dewbusters and hair dryers to keep the moisture off the lens, so don't feel too bad.

Re: Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: February 27th, 2011, 9:12 pm
by btoman
Great job, Frank! I can't wait to get myself a DSLR so I can get some star trail images myself. The settings, or backgrounds, or composition of the pics (whatever the technical term for the other stuff in the pictures is ;) ) are great. Thanks for posting.

Re: Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: March 1st, 2011, 3:16 pm
by fmcmains
Thanks for checking out the pictures. I am pretty pleased with how the shots came out. It was nice to get a decent star trail given how much ambient light there was at the site of the Airstream. I'll be sure to post the link to the article about the star gaze when it comes out. Thanks again!

Re: Star Trails from Mexico

Posted: February 21st, 2015, 2:54 pm
by Christopher K.
Although they weren't the primary subject of the image, the 30 January APOD captured stars going around the North Celestial Pole at the Poker Flat Research Range on the 26th. Sounding rockets were carrying up atmopshere experiments.

30 January APOD: