Milky Way over Spanish Peaks, Colorado

Milky Way over the Spanish Peaks with careless headlamps; 21 August 2020

Capture Notes

In keeping with our tradition of celebrating our wedding anniversary in a special way, we headed out to the Gardner, Colorado area for a weekend camping and Milky Way photography trip. During the summer of 2020, there were wildfires throughout the West, so although the Spanish Peaks are in the background (behind the careless-headlamp lit trees in the foreground), they are quite obscurred by the smoke that filled the air for what felt like the entire summer of 2020.


Imaging stream: Canon EOS 5DSR; Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 lens
Star Tracker: Skywatcher Star Adventurer Star Tracker
Sequence Control: Pixel Pro TW-283 N3 Wireless Shutter Remote Control Timer and Shutter Release

Capture & Processing

Exposure Settings:
Careless headlamp: ISO800; f/2.8, FL – 22mm, 180 seconds; 21Aug2020, 2139 – 2142MDT
Gardner campsite: ISO800; f/2.8, FL – 15mm, 180 seconds; 21Aug2020, 2139 – 2142MDT

Capture: 21 August 2020
Shooting location: Gardner, Colorado
Processing: Lightroom

Milky Way over Gardner, Colorado; 21 August 2020