Milky Way over Westcliffe, Colorado

Milky Way over Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Westcliffe, Colorado; 19 July 2020, 0040MDT

Capture Notes

These images was captured during a Milky Way imaging workshop led by Craig Wennersten ( for Mike’s Camera in Westcliffe, Colorado. We set up at Westcliffe Bluff & Summit Park facing, away from the evening’s rodeo activities and lights, toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The images were captured with the Canon EOS 5DSR on the star tracker, which allows much longer exposures without star trailing. The image above shows some of the clouds that were in the area that evening, the image at the bottom of the page was right before the clouds ended our evening’s imaging – but with the stadium lights’ reflection adding an interesting element.


Imaging stream: Canon EOS 5DSR; Sigma 14mm 1:1.8 DG lens
Mount: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer (in sidereal mode)
Sequence Control: Pixel Pro TW-283 N3 Wireless Shutter Remote Control Timer and Shutter Release

Capture & Processing

Exposure Settings: Single exposures; both using ISO1600, f/2.8, 180 seconds

Capture: 19 July 2020; 0040-0043MDT and 0129-0132MDT
Shooting location: Bluff & Summit Park, Westcliffe, Colorado
Processing: Processed in Adobe Lightroom

Milky Way captured from Bluff & Summit Park, Westcliffe Colorado, 19 July 2020, 0129MDT