Tonight I taught a private workshop to a guy named Tony who found my astrophotography workshops on lonelyspeck.com. I put together a quick lesson with him at Vasquez Rocks County Park near Santa Clarita, California. This is one frame that I took while demonstrating how to create a time lapse. Above the largest looking rock on the left side of the frame is a fuzzy spot. That spot is the galaxy Andromeda, the closest full size galaxy to the Milky Way.
Vasquez Rocks is probably one of the best places super close to LA to view the stars but it is still affected by a tremendous amount of light pollution from the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Palmdale.