The partly cloudy skies I saw at my house as I was packing, dissipated during the 80 minute ride so that I was greeted by clear skies upon arrival at Lake Hudson. I quickly set up and started experimenting to find the optimum camera settings. With a 15mm lens I was able to fit the constellations Orion, Taurus (including the Pleiades star cluster)
|(L to R)Orion, Taurus, Pleiades, Jupiter and Venus|
One thing I had working against me was the full moon had just risen and decreased the contrast between the background sky and any celestial objects. As the twilight faded as much as the moon would let it, it became apparent that the Aurora was not visible. Sometimes an auroral display too faint for visual detection can be picked up by a camera. I decided to aim the camera north to try my luck.
|Polaris (North Star) near center at top.|
|Roscoe sitting still for 13 seconds|
Can you pick out Canis Major? It's to the upper left as indicated in the photo below. It contains the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, the dog star.