Hawaii nightscape


Terry Webb

Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

As I couldn’t take a telescope, mount or intervalometer with me the image is a single 20 sec exposure at F4 ISO 3200 at 18mm on a mini tripod using a modified Canon 1100D with an 18-270mm zoom lens.

Here is an image I took recently on 26th May at Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii – on the holiday of a lifetime – it shows Mars, Saturn, The Lagoon Nebula (M8) and the Milky Way … and the Palm Tree Constellation – for artistic effect!

The image is not perfectly focused, the high ISO produces lots of noise, the moon was relatively full but I managed to take the photo before it rose above the West Maui Mountains, and there is still quite a bit of light pollution from the lights in the hotel resort grounds, even though the island of Maui has one of the best places in the world to observe from, the mountain top of Haleakala 10,000ft up – but that was a 3 hour drive away!

So although it is not perfect I am very happy with the result.

Background: I first got involved with astronomy and later astroimaging in 2010, when I bought my first telescope after I took early retirement. I had always had an interest in all things science and as I now thought I would have more time on my hands I thought I would like to try astronomy – especially as a holiday to see the 1999 Total Eclipse was totally clouded out!