Night Sky, Orion, and the Pluto

Last night, starting from about 10:30 PM to about 12:45 AM, we were out photographing the night sky over Pocksha Pond. We were hoping for two events; first was the Aurora and the other meteors. For once we had a beautiful clear night sky with only rare clouds down by the horizon. We set our cameras up, aiming toward the Northeast at first. My son utilized the intervalometer in his Nikon D7100, and I tried out the Pluto Trigger for the first time even though my Nikon D810 has a built in intervalometer. More on the Pluto trigger later.

As we sat and watched, we observed a few meteors and no Aurora. One event kept occurring in the night sky, and that was the passage of a vast number of airplanes.

Looking more toward the East, Orion slowly climbed into the heavens. I change my camera perspective to capture Orion. The image. I chose to use in this blog clearly shows Orion along with light trails from cars passing on the causeway and in the water of the pond two green objects which were lighted bobbins from people fishing.


Island Terrace Nursing Home was more westerly and lent itself to a photo with the stars in the sky above it.

Island Terrace nursing home
Island Terrace nursing home

The Pluto Trigger is new to the market, here is a description from their site. “Pluto Trigger is a high-speed smart camera trigger that’s controlled by a free iPhone/Android app over Bluetooth that can be used for remote shooting, time lapse, High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, video recording and lightning photography.It enables your DSLR to do high-speed photography triggered by sound, by light, or by something breaking a laser beam aimed at the Pluto Trigger (the laser is included). With the built-in PIR sensor, Pluto Trigger can detect animals’ body heat and take photos.It can also wait until a person is smiling to shoot a photo or take pictures triggered by motion or vibration. You know those fancy photos of water droplets colliding in mid-air? There’s a mode for that too(Droplet Valve required) — 24 modes in all.”
Using the app on my android phone was simple, and the Pluto worked as described. Although an intervalometer is less expensive, the Pluto gives you a lot more options. It is well worth the price and is small enough to be carried in a pocket. The battery is built-in and is charged by a USB cable.

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