Date Night With the Stars

night photography of the stars! What a fun date night!

The other night we dusted off the telescope, bundled up, and loaded the car to drive out into the night to get a good look at the stars. We’ve been wanting to do this for so long but so many other things end up getting in the way – so we finally told all those things no and went on our little date night with the stars.

Bruce and I both share a slight obsession with learning so when we were at the library last, Bruce picked up several text books (yes, school books.) Two of them were about Space and the other one was about photography. I’m pretty sure that is what finally got us off our butts and into the chilly night. I tried to take pictures of the stars and night photography for the first time while Bruce set up the telescope to try to find one of the messier objects


Bruce has owned a telescope since before we got married and has had an obsession with space as long as I have known him. He doesn’t get the chance to set up the telescope as much as he would like because our home is not an ideal place for it and people tend to get impatient on trips outside the city. It takes awhile to get everything set up and aligned with the stars. After all that, we figured out what sky we were looking at by moving this star map to the correct month, date, and time.

Hercules (as seen in the bottom picture) was in that sky as was the Little Dipper (you can see that above!) Bruce had always wanted to find one of the Messier Objects and knew there was one between Hercules Hip & Shoulder called M13- so we set everything up to try to find it. And find it we did! Neither of us had ever seen one before so we were pretty pumped. I had really never seen anything through a telescope before so we also looked at the moon. It was big and bright, which actually wasn’t the best because it was hard to see the other stars but it made the moon such a sight to see through the telescope. The ridges and craters were so defined – it was just stunning.


While Bruce was messing around with telescope settings, I took pictures. This was my first time trying to take pictures of the stars. I’m pretty proud of how they turned out even though I feel like I still have so much to learn! I brought my tripod along and set up my shutter speed to let in the most light as it could! I’m thinking that I need to bring my clicker next time so that I can do even longer exposures on the “bulb” setting where I keep the lens open until I click again. That might help create brighter images.

We also sat off a dirt road on the outskirts of town that had cars driving by occasionally (think rebellious teens making out in their cars and playing music too loud  – it was weird) but I did get some fun photos of headlights as cars passed the pull off we were set up in.

We left with frozen fingers and runny noses but it was so worth it. We’ll have to make this a new tradition because I need to keep practicing my night photography 😉

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Have you ever looked through a telescope? What did you see? Are you a night photographer? Got any tips for this newbie?!

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • These are great photographs. I love star gazing!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! I do want to get better at it but it was so fun trying and just getting out there!!!

  • I love your pictures! What a fun adventure!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! It really was!

  • Oh, wow! Your pictures are beautiful! I definitely want to do this sometime!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much! You totally should!

  • Absolutely breathtaking shots of the night sky!

    <3 Have Ashley

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! You are so encouraging!!

  • I’m super impressed with your “newbie” night photography skills!! These are such cool photos and what a fun date night!

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! Thanks so much! You are so sweet!

  • Long exposure photos are so fun! These turned out really well for your first time star gazing! My husband and I used to go stargazing a lot while we were dating, and got pretty good at identifying constellations. We need to find a place where we can do that in Charleston!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! I love that – you are so skilled!

  • Nice photos 🙂
    Maria V.

    • Oak & Oats


  • Andy and I went to a planetarium/stargazing on our second date… it was wonderful!

    • Oak & Oats

      That is way cool!

  • Love the photos and I super love tradition. You should definitely make it a tradition! 🙂
    I still haven’t tried night photography. The problem with the sky here in Alaska is that it’s fairly overcast 80% of the time. Even though we don’t get heavy rains, we get a lot of dark clouds and fog. On the next clear night, I’ll take my tripod out! Super stoked to try it! My stepdad actually goes on this week long camping trip with a bunch of fellow stargazers every year with his really amazing telescopes and all they do is sleep and watch stars and talk about stars. It’s kind of funny, since he’s so excited about it, but I love seeing him follow his passion.

    • Oak & Oats

      Okay! All that is like way cool! I’ll make it a tradition as much as we can 😉 the winter air is making me wimp out a bit! ahahah

  • Oh my gosh I have always wanted to look through a telescope! This sounds like an amazing date night! I’m so glad you two finally made it happen!

    • Oak & Oats

      It was so magical!!!

  • amy

    i have always wanted to take pictures of the stars!
    maybe when i go camping this weekend i can make that happen!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes!!!! Try it!!!!!

  • What a beautiful way to spend the night! My mother bought me a telescope when I was in elementary school, but didn’t put it to use until my senior year of high school (the telescope was a bit dusty to say to least). I feel regretful for not getting into my telescope sooner because the first time I looked at the moon through my telescope I was in “aw” the whole time.

    The next time you go out star gazing with husband make sure you bring your clicker and try taking photos of star trails! Once you compile all the photos you will be in utter shock from the beautiful formations the stars take. It’s hard to explain, but you really need to see for yourself!

    Thank you for sharing.

    – Juliet from

    • Oak & Oats

      That is so amazing!!! I love all this! And yes, I can totally relate to a sadly dusty telescope! hahah. at least we both finally got it out! And star trails!!! I cannot wait!