Night Skies - John H Bowman Photos
Ruth Ann & I went to Shenandoah NP June 27-28, stayed night at Skyland Resort (room 121, Craigin lodge - west side, same area as Laurel & Shenandoah lodges, where we stayed in 2015, opposite Conference Hall; cool, comfortable air, more clouds than forecast (which was good), except for sunset, and at night, when clear sky allowed night-sky shooting; thinking light pollution at least no worse than at Wingina, shot night sky in open area between Conference Hall & west row of lodge buildings rather than drive to other location; Milky Way not visible in 11:20 session (moonset of crescent moon still ~30 minutes away); 2nd session, 12:20 to 12:35, went a little farther S to get farther from lights outside Conference Hall, not noticing overhead wires, which caught light & intrude on all shots to some degree; all night-sky shots with Milvus 18mm at f/2.8 with UV filter; increased exposure would have helped - images looked better on LCD panel in night air than once inside; Skyland entrances at Skyline Drive MP 41.7 (N) & 42.5, respective elevations of 3680 & 3515 ft - GPS data on photos show elevations ~3567 ft  (session 1) & 3571 ft (session 2)

Ruth Ann & I went to Shenandoah NP June 27-28, stayed night at Skyland Resort (room 121, Craigin lodge - west side, same area as Laurel & Shenandoah lodges, where we stayed in 2015, opposite Conference Hall; cool, comfortable air, more clouds than forecast (which was good), except for sunset, and at night, when clear sky allowed night-sky shooting; thinking light pollution at least no worse than at Wingina, shot night sky in open area between Conference Hall & west row of lodge buildings rather than drive to other location; Milky Way not visible in 11:20 session (moonset of crescent moon still ~30 minutes away); 2nd session, 12:20 to 12:35, went a little farther S to get farther from lights outside Conference Hall, not noticing overhead wires, which caught light & intrude on all shots to some degree; all night-sky shots with Milvus 18mm at f/2.8 with UV filter; increased exposure would have helped - images looked better on LCD panel in night air than once inside; Skyland entrances at Skyline Drive MP 41.7 (N) & 42.5, respective elevations of 3680 & 3515 ft - GPS data on photos show elevations ~3567 ft (session 1) & 3571 ft (session 2)

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