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Night Sky at Haleakala | by mojo2u
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Night Sky at Haleakala

On one of my last nights in Maui I traveled up the Haleakala peak about 10,000 feet in the sky to shoot the stars. I picked this night because moon set would occur about 3 hours before sunset so no lingering moon light would be present to obscure the stars.


This was my first attempt at shooting the night sky but I did not have any plan, I would just try and see what worked. I wanted to shoot at the core of the milky way, its brightest part, unfortunately it was below the horizon. It turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would to shoot the sky. It was so dark I had trouble working with my equipment even though I had a flashlight. I really could not evaluate the images I took because the LCD display did not show the star field well enough for me to know which settings were best. I was really shooting in the dark and all the other tourist had gone down the mountain. I was alone in dark, kinda spooky.


I ended up shooting the sky over the clouds that covered the city of Wailea. The city lights caused the clouds to glow which I thought might look good even if I did not show many stars. I was seeing more stars than I ever had but I was still not sure what the camera was recording. This is the best I was able to do, I think the bright star like object near the horizon is Venus. I'll try shooting the night sky again, probably at a desert location like Joshua Tree.

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Taken on May 18, 2012