Forest Fire Star Trails


This 70-minute star trail exposure was taken looking straight south. At center are the stars of the constellation Lupus; Centaurus is to the right. During the exposure the tail of Scorpius enters from the left.

We are looking over Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. A forest fire burns between Sunset Crater in the background and a closer ridge, the smoke cloud glowing a ghostly red. The hill on the right is silhouetted by the skyglow of the distant city of Flagstaff.

Date: June 25, 2005
Time: 9:16 p.m. to 10:26 p.m. MST
Location: Coconino National Forest, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 70 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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Revised: July 17, 2005
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