At about 3 a.m., the Andromeda Galaxy was at near-zenith (directly overhead), which is the best place to take a picture. (Shooting through less atmosphere.)
This is a 30-second shot at 3200 ISO, heavily edited in Nikon Capture. Heavy noise reduction, sharpening, and a small change in contrast. The warm temps of summer make for more noise in photos. Noise is graininess and colored pixels. There's a company that actually makes a little refrigerator that fits over your camera to keep it cool. No, I'm not anal enough to buy one.
Posted by Dave