Summer nights

June 29, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

I didn't get a chance to set up the scope last night. As soon as the sun went down it clouded over quickly, so I took the Nikon D750 out and captured a few long exposure shots--in the 8 - 20 second range. I managed to get Ursa Major (Big Dipper) between the clouds. That's Polaris (North Star) on the right. And I wasn't alone out there. The fireflies are out, blinking away.

That's Saturn right there low in the sky, right above the path of the fireflies. Even with the clouds, it was a beautiful summer night out there, maybe because the fireflies were adding their bioluminescent fireworks. Here's a 13 second exposure with two of them flying toward each other.