Blog - Justin Hartney


Pine Mountain Observatory

April 3, 2019

At 6,300 feet closer to the stars, a spiral arm of the milky way galaxy erupts. When our single star sets, millions more shine at night. Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) in Bend, Oregon is on the edge of one of the darkest areas in the U.S.


March 19, 2019

1300 light-years away from Earth, the Orion Nebula is producing thousands of new stars. The Orion Nebula is 24 lights year wide and is part of the Orion constellation, one of the most famed features of the night sky.


February 27, 2019

It takes 2.537 million years for Andromeda's light to reach Earth. When we capture cosmic objects like Andromeda we look back in time. In this post, I share the process behind my experience shooting Andromeda.

Midnight on Mars

September 25th, 2018

What would midnight on Mars, or any other planet, look like? The landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park feel otherworldly.

Noise Reduction for Astrophotography

September 3rd, 2018

Here is my quick method for removing noise in astrophotography images in Adobe Lightroom.

Exposure Blending for Astrophotography

August 3rd, 2018

How to blend two images to achieve more detail in your night photography.

Popping Stars in Photoshop

June 24, 2018

In this tutorial, I go over bringing out contrast in a night sky using luminosity masks and curves adjustments.

NASA Mars Insight Lander

May 5th, 2018

NASA launches its first interplanetary mission launched from the west coast.


April 30, 2018

NASA and SpaceX launch the TESS mission, searching for earth like planets in our cosmic neighborhood.

A trip down the McKenzie River

April 13th, 2018

A brief look at the source of all water in Willamette Valley. With rising temperatures, how is the ecosystem changing?

A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography

February 15, 2018

A starting point for aspiring star photographers. This guide will give the confidence to go out and capture photos of the night sky.

The 2018 Supermoon Bluemoon Lunar Eclipse

January 31, 2018

Once every 150 years, the  opportunity to capture a cosmic spectacle presents itself. I chose to capture this natural phenomenon at Smith Rock State Park, in Central Oregon.

How I edit star photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

January 29, 2018

In this under 20 minute tutorial, I go over editing an astro-landscape using basic sliders, noise reduction, virtual copy image stacking, masking, color grading, and radial filters. 

Waterfall Startrails

January 13, 2018

Oregon is known for it's abundance of waterfalls and dark night skies, so it made sense to capture them together.

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