Star Trails West

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During this 6-hour exposure, stars set in the west behind a saguaro cactus. Also seen are two planets: the brightest trail at bottom center is Venus, and just below that is Jupiter. The pair of stars to the upper right of Venus are Pollux and Castor in Gemini; the brightest streak at left center is the star Spica in Virgo.

Date: June 8-9, 2002
Time: 9:29 p.m. to 3:42 a.m. MST
Location: Vekol, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 6 hours 13 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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Revised: April 17, 2005
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