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Moose Cove

Recently, I had the pleasure of taking some photos up in Maine with the great Adam Woodworth. Although the weather in Maine wasn’t as co-operative as I would have hoped, we did get a short break on this particular night. We raced out to a spot that Adam has on his list of cool places to shoot. We set up our tripods on some jagged rocks bumping out into the water and shot away for as long as the weather held for.

It was so dark there that the exposure for the foreground had to be separate. The foreground is an 8 minute exposure while the stars are 10 second exposures. It was so dark that I really couldn’t see the composition until after the 8 minute exposure was complete. I just pointed my camera and hoped.

The bright star in the sky is Mars and you can see the clouds creeping in on the left side of the photo. Just shortly after this photo the clouds rolled in and we had to call it a night. But since I got this image, it was a really great night.

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Nighttime at the Portland Head Light

I had recently traveled back up to Maine in search of dark sky’s. It is always a great trip. I have great friends there, the food is always amazing, and the night sky is nothing short of spectacular. I had the opportunity to get a few shots of the Portland Head Light at night. The Head Light is the most photographed light house in the world.

My goal was to get the Head Light with the Milky Way galaxy behind it, a shot rarely seen. Unfortunately, mother nature did not co-operate and we were left with a very overcast sky. It was also so cold out that night with a biting wind that we had to take frequent “warm up” breaks to regain feeling in our fingers and toes.

I did manage to get a few keepers though. Here is one of them…

The Portland Head Light at night. Click to enlarge.

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Custer Sky

The Custer Institute and Observatory located on Long Island’s north fork, in the town of Southold is Long Island’s oldest public observatory. The Observatory was established in 1927 and is currently run by a staff of dedicated volunteers.

Inside the dome is a 25 inch, f/5 Obsession Newtonian-style reflecting telescope standing 11 feet tall. Outside are several smaller domes that the staff will assist you with as you try to see all that the heavens have to offer.

Currently the observatory is open on Saturday nights. The institute is run completely on donations and a $5 donation gets you a look at the stars from inside the big dome.

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