San Diego Stars

State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Southern California Coast
Town
San Diego
Brief Directions

5 Freeway, south from Los Angeles.

Description

With its city lights and frequent coastal clouds, San Diego probably wouldn't be your first choice for shooting starry nights. But after reading Glenn Randall's excellent article on photographing the Milky Way in your September edition, I thought I'd give it a go. Following Glenn's advice, I located Sagittarius in the southwest sky and shot in that direction from Solana Beach, which is twenty miles north of San Diego. The idea was to shoot the Milky Way and use the coastline (lit by city lights) to add foreground interest. The "cloud" coming from the lower left of the image are the lights of San Diego. Fortunately, the night of September 28th was cloudless; a rare occurrence in the San Diego area. After experimenting, I chose 25 seconds at f2 for this single exposure image. ISO was set at 320 to help reduce noise. While my photograph won't rival star images taken in more ideal locations, it was a lot of fun to get a shot of the Milky Way from an unlikely setting!

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Date Added
August 30, 2014
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August 30, 2014
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