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  • Writer's pictureRyan Sultemeier

Progress Report: Milky Way Time-Lapse Test Shoot

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

On Sunday, November 15th we went out to the Sandy West Ranch outside of Fredericksburg, Texas to see the Milky Way in an area with a whole lot less light pollution than we usually get to, and to test out taking time-lapses.

We had Amy and Jonathan Jackson with us to guide us through the process of finding out where the milky way would be visible later in the night, and how to actually get a shot of the Milky Way. One of our student filmmakers, Will Fitzpatrick joined too so that he could learn along with us.

The view of the stars was amazing and the weather was a little chilly, but it held out and kept the skies clear!

We also had Larry from the Comal County Friends of the Night Sky join us, he jumped at the opportunity to see the stars from a spot with so little light pollution and unique geography, and he delighted all of us (and especially Amy and Jonathan’s kids) with Milky Way bars he keeps to eat under the Milky Way.

Today Amy teaches kids about astronomy and the night sky through Starry Sky Austin, you can find her book Cassandra and the Night Sky on Amazon, check out Starry Sky Austin at and follow her on Twitter @starryskyaustin.

You can follow Jonathan Jackson @jhjackson on Twitter and find more of his work on his website.

The Sandy West Ranch is a beautiful slice of the Texas Hill Country, and you can learn more about it here on their website.

We think that if you love movies, mythology, or the cosmos, you’ll love this interview too when it’s available in The Stars at Night, so if you haven’t already, please join our email list, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to stay up to date with our progress!


Photo Credit: Jonathan Jackson

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