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Midnight star trails over Mt. Adams

Star trails and a satellite pass over Mt Adams at midnight in July about 3 hours after sunset. Viewed from State Road in Oregon near Moiser, this 20 minute exposure captures the night color, high clouds, star trails, satellite path as they pass over Mt. Adams. Fortuitously, the satellite path provides a leading diagonal line to Mt. Adams (thanks, commander photo, for pointing this out).


Photographically, Mt. Adams is probably under appreciated by Oregon photographers. It is over shadowed by the events of Mt. St. Helens and the skyline images of Mt. Hood over Portland or its mirror lake images from Lost Lake and Trillium Lake.


This shot was taken from outside of Moiser, Oregon high on State Road near where it changes name to Seven Mile Road. The Hood River Valley to the west also contains many view points with spectacular views of both Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.


Hot pixels from the long exposure were eliminated with a simple 2 pixel median filter. No background subtraction was used.

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Taken on July 21, 2012