Robert Nurse's picture

Assateague Milky Way

Taken at Assateague Island National Seashore outside of Ocean City, MD. I followed the 500 rule to the letter. But, in future attempts I'll experiment more.

Canon 5D Mark III, ISO 2000, 25 sec
Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II at f/2.8

Canon 5D Mark III
20mm · f/2.8 · 25s · ISO 2000
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Deleted Account's picture

Hi Robert, crisp stars. I'm still working on figuring out my MW clarity.

What's the golden glow there... is that city light from down Virginia way? I was at Assateague for a glorious week of leave back in the late 80s. I feel like I've pissed away 30 yrs not realizing I could have been out shooting the night sky. Ha.

Robert Nurse's picture

Hi Cathleen! Thanks for your kind words! The golden glow is the light from several small towns over the horizon: Chincoteague, Wallops Island and numerous smaller communities south and west. There are a number of ways to get sharp stars. What I do is set up my composition. Then manually focus on the brightest star in the scene using magnififed Live View. Then of course there's the 500 Rule. There's also hyperfocal distance. I haven't tried that yet though. According to popular dark sky finders, Assateague wasn't supposed to that great. But, I figured it was only a 3-hour drive. So, nothing to lose but time. If you can reach it, go for it next season.

Eric Zaal's picture

Have you ever considered getting a star tracker? Very nice shot!

Robert Nurse's picture

Thanks! I've thought about it. But, the Mrs would tar and feather me if one more piece of kit came in the door. Shhhh! Waiting!

Eric Zaal's picture

Lolol i know the feeling. It wasnt until i was single again before I could persue the flying thing. 😂😂