Sentinel Stargaze: Twilight's End


As the star party begins, people move about like ghosts, checking out their equipment while waiting for the moon to set and twilight to end. Here we see Dave at his 16-inch Newtonian; above him is the crescent moon and the bright planet Venus. To the left of Venus, Aldebaran and the Hyades can be faintly seen; to the lower right of Venus are the Pleiades.

This photograph appeared on the cover of Tammy Plotner's book The Night Sky Companion: A Yearly Guide to Sky-Watching 2009.

The Sentinel Stargaze (now called the Sentinel-Schwaar Star Gaze) is sponsored annually by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.

Update November 2011:

According to the Saguaro Astronomy Club web site, the Sentinel Stargaze is no longer held.

Date: April 17, 1999
Time: 7:55 p.m. MST
Location: Sentinel, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod.
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure time: approximately 6 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

Revised: November 11, 2011
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