What’s In My Camera Bag: Trona Pinnacles

What's In My Bag - Trona Pinnacles, California

In this video post, I talk about the gear I decided to bring on a short overnight trip to Trona Pinnacles, California. Trona Pinnacles is arguably my favorite place to shoot astrophotos and it’s where we’ll be for the first-ever Lonely Speck Meetup. Let’s take a look at a pretty typical kit that I use for astrophotography.

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16 Responses

  1. Wayne Purcell September 27, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Nice job! Very informative and practical. Thanks for sharing your secrets of good Milky Way shooting! Very Helpful!

  2. Ilan August 26, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Hey Ian,
    How did you like the 21mm f/1.8 ?
    I have that lens but I find that it has some distortion on my A7Rm2.
    I am considering replacing it with a Zeiss Loxia 21mm or Batis 18mm. What do you think?

  3. Juan May 31, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Hello Ian, just wanted to say that I found your video very informative. I have less than a handful of astro photography outings under my belt so obviously I have a lot to learn and your video certainly helped to that end. Keep up the great work and clear skies!

  4. Epi May 26, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Hi Ian,

    good work with the website and thanks for the tip. I was wondering if you have found a way to use the in-camera remote control app to use Manual Focus. While in AF the app can focus on whatever you touch on the screen of your phone, once you switch to MF it just stops working (at least on the a6000).
    If we could could use MF from the app (e.g. with a slider) in combination with magnified focus, it would be a killer app… software and hardware already have what they need. Please Sony!! 🙂

  5. Dan Jakabhazi May 25, 2016 / 1:07 am

    Ian, when are we going to see a review for Vixen Polarie or iOptron smaller trackers?

    Thank you!

    • Ben May 25, 2016 / 3:35 am

      Sky wather – star adventurer is also small and even holds some options for upgrading. But if I remember correctly Ian once said, that he likes doing astro without tracking mounts.

  6. Nathan May 23, 2016 / 6:01 pm


    Did you like the 21mm Voigt?

    • Ian Norman May 24, 2016 / 5:44 am

      It’s not quite the best for astro from my initial tests. It has pronounced field curvature. Capable of good results from about f/2.8 and higher but I expected better. Love it for general daytime use… just not my top choice for astro…

    • Ian Norman May 24, 2016 / 5:37 am

      Red is what you want.

  7. Nathan May 21, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Are you transitioning away from the 24mm Rokinon in favor of the 21mm Voigtlander? I would love to see a review of the Voigtlander. Trying to decide which one to pull the trigger on.

    • Ian Norman May 24, 2016 / 5:39 am

      Working on the Voigtländer review… not quite as good as I wanted from initial tests.

  8. Ryan Moyer May 20, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Great article as always.

    You mentioned that Sony remote you use to trigger self portraits and whatnot. Is there any trick to getting it to work when you’re more than a few steps away from the camera? I have that same exact one with an A7r and unless I have it about 2 inches from the camera it doesn’t seem to work, and if it’s windy out it often won’t work even then. I thought I might have just gotten a bad one so I exchanged it but same thing with the replacement.

    • Ian Norman May 21, 2016 / 4:53 am

      It does require line of sight to the camera grip where the infrared sensor is (it’s that little pill shaped mark on the camera grip). That’s the first thing I would check. Make sure that you’re pointing the remote at that sensor. Other than that, perhaps make sure the battery is new?

  9. Yusuf May 20, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Hey Ian great article. What’s the bracket on the A7S? Need to get one 🙂

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