Very beautiful shots--or shots--Dheera! Was wondering...could you tell me/us where exactly in Lassen NP you took this photo from? I'm going to be in the Park later this summer and would love to be able to attempt some shots w/ my DSLR on a tracking mount, etc., from your set-up site so I don't have to spend a lot of time hunting around for a good location.
Thanks!, Again, great photo!
I usually don't post exact locations online to avoid eventual overcrowding at places that aren't designed for crowds, but here are some tips:
- I didn't take this from within the national park, but a few dozen kilometers away from it. That's the only way I could zoom in enough on the mountain to get the Markarian's Chain to the same field of view. If you try to shoot Lassen from within the national park, you'll have to inevitably use a wider lens to frame the mountain, and you can't frame DSOs like these in the same frame.
- If you want to shoot deepscapes, the trick is to look for what Azimuth the DSO rises from and then look in the opposite direction straight line for convenient viewpoints e.g. open fields, peaks, or vista points you can get to, that aren't on private property, or that you can get permission to be on. There is an app called PlanIt Pro that helps a lot with this planning.
- If you just want to shoot just DSOs alone and not deepscapes like this, inside the national park IS a good place to be. The sky is really really dark there, darker than where I shot this from. Pretty much anywhere in the park with open views is a good place.
- If you want to shoot Markarian's Chain, later in summer is not a good time. Now is a good time -- it's already at 30+ degrees up in the sky after sunset. But there are lots of other things to shoot later in summer.
- In the off-chance that you're not local to CA, wildfires are a common occurrence later in summer so plan some backup options. I wouldn't bet on a particular location being good for imaging late in summer.
Edited by dheera, 20 April 2021 - 03:12 PM.