On the second Saturday of each month, the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) hosts a public star-gazing event at Sky Meadows State Park near Paris, Virginia. The grassy field behind the 1860s era Mount Bleak House is transformed into an extraterrestrial observatory with dozens of high-tech, high-powered telescopes exploring and imaging the cosmos.
The site is ideal for star-gazing when the weather cooperates—which it didn’t—but random gaps in the low cloud cover appeared and we were wowed with breathtaking views of Saturn and star light from galaxies millions of light years away.
This was my rookie attempt at photographing star light and I’m encouraged by the images I captured with my DSLR. I clearly need more practice with shutter speeds and ISO settings, but overall, I’m excited by the results.
These images were captured with a CCD attached to one of the larger telescopes by John C. Mars.