Hey All! LOOOOOOONG time no post for me! Ironically in my time away I have gone semi-pro with my photography, which is fun! So after success in 2013 (see my Avatar!), the full moon wrecking it in 2014 and clouds in 2015 I was excited to be visiting Maryland this Summer where I knew I would find some dark skies! And as luck would have it, clear skies too! I drove almost 2 hours to Blackwater National Wildlife Reserve having scouted some locations via Google Street View. My first location was great for subject matter (bridge), however, the car park had a street lamp in it (to my surprise, given it is in the middle of no where!!). As it happens, it cast a nice bit of light on the bridge, but I was limited to shooting in 1 direction and certainly not straight up. None the less, I got a shooting star in one shot and a nice portrait shot of the bridge/sky. The glow in the first is the town of Cambridge some 15 miles away. From here I moved to location 2, which was properly dark, and by now (2am) the moon had also fully set. The experience was fantastic, the Milky Way was visible with the naked eye with ease. I've never managed to get to such a dark sky (as the UK is so densely populated). This first one does have a faint shooting star, just to the right of the lit trees (light painted briefly with my maglite)... No shooting star here, but pretty sweet Milky Way shot! Another Milky Way, again a faint shooter, below the galaxy running parallel with it... All were shot on the A6000+SEL16F28, @F2.8, ISO800-2500, 20-30 seconds exposure. Hope you enjoyed. Feel free to post any of the ones you guys got (I saw one or two in the pic-a-day thread). Cheers!