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#1 ericbowles

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 06:52 AM

I was in the Alabama Hills recently and had an evening of astrophotography.  The Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains are a dark sky area so the stars were exceptional.

 

This image captured the zodiacal light over Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine Peak with the rounded Alabama Hills in the foreground.  The foreground was lit by the taillights of a passing car,

 

The image was made with the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens using the FTZ adapter.  Image settings were f/2.8, ISO 1600, and 20 seconds.  

 

Zodiacal Light is a phenomena of early evening and before sunrise during spring and fall in dark sky areas.  The cone shaped light is from reflected dust particles capturing some of the last sun's light - more than an hour after sunset.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:38 AM

Very cool.

 

So, your facing west, the direction of the sunset?


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:53 AM

Wow, superb capture!

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:52 AM

Very cool.

 

So, your facing west, the direction of the sunset?

 

Yes - it is toward the sunset, but zodiacal light is well after sunset.  It was not visible at all in the sky with my eye.

 

Here is a link.

https://en.wikipedia.../Zodiacal_light


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:56 PM

Very nice image, Eric.

 

Also, many thanks for the Wikipedia link.  :)


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:31 PM

Wow very cool Eric.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:10 PM

Very nice!  I'll be in the Alabama Hills this October.  I've been there before and am looking forwards to returning.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 02:05 PM

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