This summer has been very busy for me, I got to travel to Virginia, Iowa, and Nicaragua all the while preparing for the birth of my first baby. I wanted to take advantage of every clear dark sky that I could before spending my night bottle feeding in place of star tracking. Here are a few of my favorites from Iowa. Yes Iowa is the home to the field of dreams and it really did feel like I was smack dab in the middle of that movie. Corn fields as long as the eye could see means there were some very dark and clear skies. I played around a lot with different lighting and compositions of the fields before the moon rose and these two are my favorite shots.
The few weeks that I was home during this summer I took a few trips to the San Diego Astronomy association private telescope pads at Tierra del Sol. This is located in Campo very close to the US/Mexico border which meant the the skies were very dark and clear. I knew it would be my last chance to get some images of the Lagoon and Eagle Nebula before the galactic center of the Milky Way would no longer be visible. I was pretty happy with the result. Both images were comprised of about 60 10sec stacked on each other. I have been using the program Regim for my stacking and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
I also spent a lot of time playing around with some of my other astrophotography from throughout the year. I am a huge fan of Star Talk Radio hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and I was very inspired by what he had to say during a live panel on how to improve science and education in the United States. I turned some of my favorite original astrophotography from this year into 2.5 Dimensional video and threw in some cosmic music. Enjoy!