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Episode 104: How to photograph the Night Sky

| Updated Sep 7, 2016

This episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast comes to you from the Bruce Peninsula National park in Ontario, Canada and in it we share lots of RV tips, audience questions, suggestions and ideas – including Mike’s instructions on how to photograph the Milky Way and the night sky.

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How to Photograph the Milky Way

[spp-timestamp time=”7:19″]Find a Dark Sky. Just waiting until nighttime won't do. …

  1. Know When and Where to Look. …
  2. Use a Digital Camera with Good High ISO Capabilities. …
  3. Use a Fast Wide Angle Lens. …
  4. Use a Tripod. …
  5. Use Live View. …
  6. Start with ISO 3200. …
  7. Set a Long Shutter Speed.

Here are some apps:

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Valerie has a tip about holding mail while you are on a long RV trip [spp-timestamp time=”16:16″]

Tom offers a unique way to wash your clothes without having to find a laundromat [spp-timestamp time=”19:00″]

And Jim has a tip about how to stay local by keeping to the back roads [spp-timestamp time=”21:28″]

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.


Daryl has new Roadtrek and wants to know about what kind of fuel economy to expect. He’s averaging a little over 16 mpg. Also wants to know how to protect the painted surface of his RV [spp-timestamp time=”24:10″]

And Jim wants an RV with rooftop solar and whether available. Also wants to separately adjustable twin beds. [spp-timestamp time=”30:00″]

Angelique called in to comment about traveling with pets [spp-timestamp time=”32:29″]


The Care and Feeding of Your Solar Panels – By Campskunk [spp-timestamp time=”37:15″]

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 15 locations on the East Coast 


Man’s Typo while Booking RV Site costs him $1,000 [spp-timestamp time=”42:20″]

Tornado hits NC Campground [spp-timestamp time=”44:20″]

National Parks Grappling with Misbehaving Tourists [spp-timestamp time=”45:33″]

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV


From Verizon's Steve Van Dinter …[spp-timestamp time=”48:55″]

I always love sharing cool tech info with your listeners, and today I’ve got some great news – a wireless speed increase for those who use Verizon – and the best part – it comes at no additional cost.

It’s thanks to something Verizon is calling LTE Advanced. We’re all familiar today with traditional 4G LTE. When you see that symbol on your phone you know it means being able to browse the web, download movies and listen to your music fast.

Well with LTE Advanced, you’ll now see those movies, music and files download about 50 percent faster.

To access this next generation network, all you need is one of 39 compatible phones – and make sure you have accepted software updates when they’ve become available. You also need to live in or travel near one of the 461 cities and counting where LTE Advanced is available – which is a good portion of the US. Highways, interstates and rural areas are also included.

To bring you these crazy fast speeds, your phones uses two or even three channels to transmit on – rather than one – and that means speeds of up to 225 mbps when it’s connected via two channels and up to 300 mbps for the times it’s connected on three channels – that’s many times faster than most people’s home internet!

For more information you can visit

This should help make those long trips more entertaining!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.


America’s Largest RV Show Sept. 14-18 in Hershey , PA – This is the big one! [spp-timestamp time=”51:34″]

Mike and Jennifer will be hanging out at the Roadtrek Motorhomes and Erwin Hymer of North America booths. We will also be posting reports on the blog and live video on our Facebook Roadtreking Group.


A profile of of our current location: [spp-timestamp time=”53:07″]

Tobermory, Ontario and the Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-09-07

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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