Night Photography to shoot Star Trails

An evening shoot of star trails was a very popular comment on the club survey.  I will give it a try and hope you will join me. 

A suggestion came in to shoot at Porteau Cove, so let's give it a try.

I found some info from Dave Morrow Photography ( who had a guide on star trails and had a list of requirements:


Camera with Manual Mode functionality

Camera timer or intervalometer

Fully charged batteries

Wide angle lens (optional).  A "fast"lens is recommended (number under the "f" is small. f4 and less is recommended.  The smaller the number under the "f", the wider the aperture in your lens will open, allowing the most light to propogate through it in the least amount of time.  

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is located on the Howe Sound, the most southerly fjord in North America, 38 km north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-sky Highway, 20 km south of Squamish.  The park is 50 hectares in size, and offers  picnicingcampingswimmingwindsurfing, and a boat launch. Porteau Cove is a very popular area for scuba diving, with a series of artificial reefs including two sunken vessels. It has 44 drive-in campsites and 16 walk-in sites. 80% of the campsite may be reserved through Discover Camping, April through September. The park is maintained and operated by Sea To Sky Parks, based in Mount Seymour in North Vancouver, BC.

A ferry terminal exists at the park for emergency use. If ever a landslide or avalanche occurs between Porteau Cove and Vancouver or Porteau Cove and Squamish, the BC Government could send in a ferry to detour cars around the slide to Darrell Bay Terminal in Squamish or to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Since slides occur so rarely on the Sea-to-sky Highway, the dock is open to the public as a promenade wharf.[2] The pier is owned by BC Parks, but the ferry ramp and accessories is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.