Mauna Kea Star Trails - [EXPLORED]

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Explore #1 on Apr 21, 2011

This picture was published as "picture of the month" in National Geographic Deutschland

Wow, this picture made it in the National Geographic Daily Dozen on May 17, 2011

This is my very first star trails attempt.

The picture was taken on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the highest point on earth (measured from the center it's higher than Mt. Everest because it's closer to the Equator). I've never seen so many stars in my life!

The picture consists of 22 single frames, each taken at f/4, ISO 100, 16 mm and exposure time of a little more than 4 minutes, which makes it a total 90 minutes exposure.
I stitched the pictures in Photoshop to create this image.

Special thanks go to DanB, who was a big help in explaining, how star trails work and who shared his long experience with me! Check out his amazing star trails work, I can't even come close!

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  1. Thomas Sittler 36 months ago | reply

    My goodness!! This one is just so superb! Impressive and inspiring.

  2. Prime view [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

    Amazingly beautiful. If only my first attempt could be so stunning. :-)

  3. misty_2011 34 months ago | reply

    Looks pretty good to me!

  4. Jim Teske 34 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot! Well done!

  5. Marcel Tuit (travel mode) 33 months ago | reply

    stunning shot. Those star trails are great, and it's fantastic composed with this building in the center. good work!

  6. supersum (off) 33 months ago | reply

    incredible work!

  7. Torganiel 32 months ago | reply

    Very nice!| ;-)

  8. _papilio 30 months ago | reply

    Just magnificent! I'm an astronomer and have seen plenty of star-trail photos, but I have to say this one tops them all (pun not intended). Superb work!

  9. 1stgc 30 months ago | reply

    Simply brilliant
    Its amazing, well done

  10. Ύψιλον Έψιλον 24 months ago | reply

    beautiful shot in a magical place :)

  11. Keith Lovett Photography 19 months ago | reply

    cool! I appreciate the time you take in explaining how your images are created. You offer a lot of information and I thank you!!

  12. atish. 18 months ago | reply

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    I would like to invite you to send entries for the IAPF exhibition (India Astro-photo Festival - India's First Astronomy Photo Festival) at Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi. Last date of submission 10th November 2012.

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