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Starset at Sunset Crater National Monument - JAN 15, 2010

29 Jan 2010, 19:40 UTC
Starset at Sunset Crater National Monument - JAN 15, 2010 Jeremy Perez
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Orion and Canis Major setting over Sunset Crater Click for larger image JAN 15, 2010 - 03:00 AM MST Canon EOS 300D + Kit Lens @ 21 mm • ISO 200 • f/4.5 Composite: 5 x 30 sec. aligned...

Orion and Canis Major setting over Sunset Crater
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JAN 15, 2010 - 03:00 AM MST
Canon EOS 300D + Kit Lens @ 21 mm • ISO 200 • f/4.5
Composite: 5 x 30 sec. aligned and stacked for sky + 5 min. foreground

While observing at Sunset Crater a couple weeks ago, I was struck by the beauty of Orion and Canis Major setting over the snow-covered volcano. So I took a break at about 3 AM to take some photos. It was a spur of the moment decision, so I didn't get everything right. The photo above is a combination of 5 30-second shots aligned and stacked for the sky, and a 5 minute exposure of the foreground. I adjusted exposure on both sky and foreground to try and convey the relative brightness of both as naturally as possible. The moon wasn't out, so the snow is lit by starlight.

A couple of the things that ...

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