Holy moly it's been a long winter, lots of snow and clouds, since Friday we've gotten 2.5 inches of rain! That's pretty ridiculous for Salt Lake City. After an entire day of pouring rain yesterday the clouds FINALLY parted last night, so I packed all my stuff up and got up in the middle of the night, drove out to Rockport Reservoir and did my first Milky Way imaging of the year. Talk about rusty, feels like I'm a beginner at this stuff again. Plus I'm still figuring out how to image and process properly now that my D600 is full spectrum modified, makes it a real challenge to get the images to look normal for this wide angle stuff. Feels good to get that monkey off my back, it's been depressing not being able to shoot the Core region since it's been rising before dawn starting in late January this year. Hopefully there's more cloud free nights in the near future, need to get back in the groove.
Here's the first shot of the night, taken with my Nikon D600 (full spectrum modified) and Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount (on for the sky, off for the foreground). It's two shots, one for the sky, one for the foreground, sky shot is 3 minutes at ISO 800 and f3.3, foreground is 1 minute at ISO 800 and f3.3. I used my headlamp to do some light painting on my car.