Stargazing In Style With American Coach
I recently had the opportunity to take out an American Coach Ford Patriot Class B RV from for a concept photo I had in mind, to demonstrate the capability of RV lifestyle in a Class B size, doing the things I would imagine doing in an RV. On this night, stargazing in a remote area of Florida. The concept is alluring to me, having all my gear neatly stowed within the comfort of a very handy RV and the convenient size to drive nearly anywhere. The additional benefit is that when my hubby grows weary of staring up at the sky, he can simply go inside for a comfortable few hours of rest.
What you are looking at is an end result after several hours of photography; 204 separate 20-second photographs taken in succession of the stars as they "move in rotation" around the center Northern Star Polaris (which never moves), carefully examined to remove any (and there were A LOT) airplanes that made their way to the northern international airports. These hundreds of images were then stacked/overlaid together to show the "motion" of the stars as they "rotated around" the Northern Star (Polaris) for the final star trail effect. I use those terms of motion loosly because its actually the Earth doing the moving, not the stars but from here, it appears as though its the stars. There is no special photoshop effect done to make the swirl you see, that is simply how the rotation of the Earth makes the stars apperar to 'trail' during a long exposure or stacked photography. Polaris, the North Star, stays in the same place in the Northern sky, which is how we can create such a dramatic and beautiful swirl.
The van is a Class B RV, 2023 American Coach Patriot on a Ford Transit chassis, which I loved because it was nearly exactly like driving my Ford truck, but nicer! I especially loved that the rear couch folds down into a large comfy bed, so that one could leave the back doors open (with mesh closed to keep bugs out) and gaze up at the sky all night long. I could tell you more about this unit, but honestly, I don't yet know a whole lot about Class B RVs even though I work at a dealership (bookkeeping), so I'm going to point you to speaking with our competent sales staff if you need more information. Shameless plug for Sunshine State RV here, Florida's #1 Class B dealership.
It was a very clear December night, which also meant very chilly, but the end result seems worth the few hours spent out in the cold, no complaints here!
Click the image to open a larger version in the gallery, where you can see more astro photos!
You are an amazing photographer Victoria! Wow! I love viewing all of your fabulous photographs. And the hours you spend to get it just right. Wonderful ❣️
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