Mauna Kea Star Trails - [EXPLORED]

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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Taken on April 3, 2011