Night Sky Photography Fun – stars and Milky Way and glow sticks

A few days ago, a friend called and asked if I’d join to join her and her daughters for an aurora photography night. I suggested that she bring some glow sticks in case the aurora didn’t show, and when 3 more young people showed up, we had a lot of fun with them (the aurora never did show despite a good forecast).

It was just to be a fairly short outing, so we just went to the Fish Lake Road, initially to the aurora-viewing parking lot that’s been built. As Whitehorse gets brighter and brighter, the Fish Lake Road gets to be a poorer and poorer location for aurora viewing due to the light pollution. The clouds in the first photo, though, cleared a few minutes later so the light scatter was hugely reduced.

Night sky light pollution - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
This is a shot I set up of me looking at the Milky Way.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
When the kids showed up, the glow sticks were brought out. We hadn’t played with them before, so started out simple.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
Sometimes the coordination between photographers and glowstickers was off 🙂

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
We soon got creative with the glow sticks and they were a great way to wish you all a “Merry Xmas” 🙂

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
… and a Happy 2018!

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
Throwing the glow sticks produced some cool effects – our own little mini-fireworks.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
We then moved a few kilometers further up the Fish Lake Road for darker skies. The Milky Way shows up nicely over a heart formed by an engaged couple..

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
Without the glow stick light, the Milky Way showed up much better here, just a bit further from the city’s light pollution.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
We then moved right to Fish Lake. Although further yet from the source of the light pollution, some ice crystals in the air were reflecting it.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon
One more shot looking across Fish Lake. The evening had been good fun, and took both of us off in new directions photographically. I’m extremely pleased with my new 10mm Rokinon lens, which is what I shot all of these photos with.

Night sky - Fish Lake Road, Yukon



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Night Sky Photography Fun – stars and Milky Way and glow sticks — 1 Comment

  1. Night sky fun…good deal. Loved the messages…bet you kept the kids attention going a lot longer than it would have been otherwise. Glad that the new lens is working out.

    We just completed a hot tent short week in the east coast USA, the college age boys enjoyed the night skies at below ZeroF, the rest of us on a shorter schedule. More heat for the feet!

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