Meadow Star Trails


Constellations and planets make trails as they set in the west. To left of center is Gemini (pair of bright stars at top is Pollux and Castor). To the right (above the hill) is Auriga (brightest star Capella). To the left of the tree is Canis Minor (brightest star Procyon). Saturn sets behind the left edge of the hill, while Jupiter barely comes into the frame at extreme upper left. The scene was lit by a first-quarter moon out of the frame to the left.

Date: May 10, 2003
Time: 9:03 p.m. to 9:48 p.m. MST
Location: Slate Mountain, Coconino National Forest, north of Flagstaff, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 45 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-10E

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Revised: June 1, 2004
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