Thx everyone for nice messages.
btw, 100% of the credit for originating this shot goes to my wife.
My wife commented to me “the fireflies are really active tonight, why don’t you try and get some in a photo”….I looked outside and it was a hot/warm/humid evening and she was right.
I can take credit for capturing the startrails/fireflies, now the rising moon reflection in the garage 2 windows…that was totally luck, and for astrophoto people that made the shot – and why it got posted to APOD
Lemniscate wrote:The short interruption near the end of the star trails, where does that come from? I don't see it in the stacked timelapse video.
Good eye - for 6-7 images the U of M Emergency helicopter, which flies North/South over our home in its flight path, came into the frames.
Instead of editing it out of each of those frames I just deleted them, it was in the initial one, but the bright streak took away from the image.
So I re-did the stacking w/o those frames, that's where the gap comes from.
I might go to those 6-7 images, PP out the helicopter trail, and re-stack the images.....but that takes more time....
Here is a winter shot of almost same angle, Dec-15-2010
Over almost 2 years I've been taking astrophotography pictures and documenting them @ Canon P.O.T.N. website forum.
I call that my "Top 10 in 2010 to shoot (Astronomy, non telescope)"http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?p=9752647#post9752647
I've learned much w/o a telescope at all, just tripod, DSLR, various lens, wireless timer, star chart(s), and much help from fellow people who love the heavens above.
Just 4 weeks I took "the big plunge" and bought my first "real" telescope, a Celestron EdgeHD 800 CGEM SCT + associated gear.
A whole new learning curve for me.
Prior to NASA posting my image they informed me it was chosen late last night.
I sent them this response (to jerry bonnell, NASA guy ):
I'm sure you've heard this before, but please pass this on:
You guys/gals at NASA inspire all of us in the public with your continued excellence in all Space Endeavors.
Never, never, never underestimate the positive impact on so many lives, including my 3 young children (9, 7, 5).
We all need to continually dream, and NASA fuels that for so many of us.