In the evening of 12th August 2010, I went up to Uludag National Park. Instead of the usual 35-km highway to the winter resort up the mountain, I took a longer, 55-km road whose last 19 km was a gravel forest road, probably only passable by 4WD vehicles. My destination was the glacial lakes area, just north of the 2543-meter-high summit of Uludag. My first aim was to catch the evening planets and the Moon before they set early in the evening (see UludagPeaksPan) and then watch the Perseids as the meteor shower peaked. It was a delight to be up there, escaping from the perpetual hot weather of Bursa. Up in the mountain it was 20 degrees instead of 38 in the city and also thankfully above the mosquito level.
This is the third highest peak of Uludag, Karatas Peak (2536 meters). Less than a kilometer to the southeast were Karatepe (2541 meters) and Uludag Peak (2543 meters). Uludag is the highest mountain in the region thanks to its 50x20 km mono block granite mass.
The lights of towns and villages down below are greatly diffused by the dust, haze and humidity accompanying the heat wave of July-August 2010. In fact, I have never seen this much dust and haze from Uludag before, so the lights of lower villages and towns look really strange and interesting. Normally, it is either very clear or the lower lands are lost under the clouds all together.
This picture is a 2x3 panorama I took with a Hutech modified Canon EOS 5D at ISO 3200 and a 35 mm f/2 lens at f/2.8. All six individual pictures were exposed for 30 seconds with my good old hand driven equatorial mount. Panorama stitching with PtGui Pro and final processing with Adobe Photoshop.
** Highly Commended in Earth & Space category of Royal Museums
Greenwich Astronomy Photographer Of The Year contest, 2012 edition: