Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Photo #1 Milky Way

I got my contact lenses back, at least until cataract surgery on July 7, so, since I can see again, last night I drove up to Cuba, NM, and took some star shots. It was the first clear night in a couple of weeks, and it came on a new moon, so all I had to do was find a place with minimum light pollution. I bought a new (cheap) lens, a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, and this is the first time I've tried it out. This image is a composite of three shots with the Rokinon, 30 sec at ISO 6400, f/2.8. I merged the images manually in Photoshop. The bright light on the right (southern) horizon is Albuquerque, about 60 miles away from my remote location in a field west of Cuba. I took the images around 11:00 pm local time. The milky way was rising in the eastern sky. I'm working on a motorized equatorial mount and, if it works, I should be able to get better shots by tracking the stars. I think the sky in southwest NM, in the Gila Wilderness area, is even darker than this location, so maybe next mo...

Technical Details

30 s
14 mm
6400 ISO