View Full Version : Shooting the Milky Way on Bonaire

08-21-2016, 05:11 PM
I would love to hear tips/advice of anyone who has photographed the Milky Way while on Bonaire. (Even examples would be great.) A couple of weeks ago I made my first attempt down at the Willems Toren Lighthouse (e.g.,https://goo.gl/2Dztq7). I was very happy with the results but I am sure there are many more opportunities for some creative photography.


08-22-2016, 12:33 PM
Brad does a lot of great work down there, I would touch base with him:

08-22-2016, 04:18 PM
Gerard ....:ymmd: Dankeschön !!

Those Milky Way Photos are awesomely wicked, I would be over the moon (no pun intended, as with a moon it's more difficult to get night shots) to get a capture like that!!!

May I add the Panorama view as a screen capture to your Post, as I know a few people are wary of clicking links, if anything I reckon seeing a sample would encourage more clicks :02:

08-23-2016, 03:41 PM
Sure! And thanks! I was really happy with how this one came out. But that only makes me more excited about exploring this further.

08-23-2016, 03:45 PM
Thanks! I will definitely try to get in touch with Brad.

08-25-2016, 12:02 PM
Well you certainly have inspired me to have another go at it, I'm on Holiday in Denmark next month on the island of Fanö, so far enough from the mainland to hopefully try it out.

I tried without a tripod a few years back whilst on Tenerife, drove up the Volcano there above the cloud line, just rested the Camera on the Car roof, not a good outcome -_-

12-26-2017, 11:30 AM
Great shot. I would be interested in what settings and lens was used. did you use 400mm to compress the shot or 30mm to widen? And do you recall Fstops and shutter timings? Was shutter open for few seconds or minutes.

02-06-2018, 12:30 PM
reply from Lorimich

beautiful !!!! Now I will have to go for a drive at night for some shots! Did you use a tripod for this shot?

02-10-2018, 02:13 AM
Wow! Incredible Image!!

02-10-2018, 05:08 PM
Gerard, that's incredible! Is there a link online where I can reference your work on my facebook page (if you allow it). Thanks!

02-10-2018, 09:24 PM
Hi Chris:
Thanks! I used 24mm with about 10 shots that are then stitched together. You can see the details here ... https://flic.kr/p/Lk9AK5

02-10-2018, 09:24 PM
Here is the shot on my Flickr.... https://flic.kr/p/Lk9AK5

02-10-2018, 09:26 PM
Definitely need a tripod for these milky way shots that requires 10-30 second exposures.

02-12-2018, 01:59 PM
Here is the link to our Flickr account with some other photos of our adventures. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bennett-cachon/

08-14-2018, 11:51 AM
My wife and I just returned from our first, but not our last, trip to Bonaire. What an amazing island.
After seeing gcachon's milky way picture here on Bonaire Talk I knew I had to try to get one also. Up here in Canada there is way too much light polution to get a nice clear picture.
I did my research on sunset and moonrise times as well as the direction of the Milky Way so I would be all set when we got there. I headed out to Willenstoren Lighthouse before sunset and found a spot similar to where gcachon set up for his shot, got all my setting set and waited for dark skys.
Once the sun set it was darker than I had ever experienced before and I was really exited to finally catch the entire arch of the Milky Way. Unfortunately Mother nature did not want me to get a shot as a large cloud bank moved in almost as fast as the sun went down. I waited for 3 hours but the clouds never cleared for more than a couple of seconds and before I knew it the moon was up and my opportunity to shoot the Milky Way was over and I was heading home in the morning.
I'll be back again in February and try again. Maybe I can still shoot part of the Milky Way

08-14-2018, 01:49 PM
Here is a how-to primer from Gerard on how he got this magnificent shot! https://www.infobonaire.com/astrophotography-on-bonaire-through-the-lens-of-visitor-gerard-cachon/

09-27-2018, 11:24 AM
Thank you Susan. A lot of usefull information in that article. This is what the milkyway looks like way up north here in Ontario Canada at this time of year. I am really looking forward to trying to capture the milkyway in February

09-27-2018, 12:25 PM
Great shot! I remember Tobermory from diving it many many years ago!!!

09-30-2018, 10:43 PM
Full moon was super bright wiped out the milky way last week, so dahhhhhh, shot the moon. Was at Black Durgon and had a great position after the moon cleared the palm trees.
Sigma 150-600 @ 600mm, Nikon D850, ISO 100, 1/180 sec shutter, f16, manual focus (used focus peaking in live view). Very few clouds so had many 30 second gaps to setup and take a few shots. CaptureOne 11 RAW developer. Pushed exposure, contrast, brightness a bit. Crappy old tripod but good enough. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!! Joe.


Neptune Nick
10-01-2018, 07:54 AM
Great picture.