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Who Needs a Five Star Hotel?

My son, Curtis, reads under Casa Grande and the stars at the Chisos Basin campground, Big Bend National Park, TX, July 2005. For you astronomers out there, this is the tail of Scorpius (right side of image) and Saggitarius (just to the right of Casa Grande). You should be able to pick out Shaula and Lesath (the stinger), and from there M7 and M6. The nebulosity of M8 (Lagoon Nebula) is plainly visible, and so are the stars surrounding the M24 area (what always reminds me of an arrowhead). This is a 30-second exposure using a Canon 10-24-mm UWA lens set to 10-mm and infinite focus. During the exposure Curtis continued casually reading his magazine ("Backpacker"!). Although he occasionally flipped a page during the exposure, he was still enough that you don't notice his movement in the image. Why would anyone ever prefer to stay in a hotel with just five stars? ;-)

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DragoA*****

DragoA

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Five ***** picture
Posted Apr 10, 2006 4:30 pm

Mark DoironRe: *****

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, DragoA! I've got to admit I stole that "five star hotel" tag line from an ad in Backpacker magazine. But, it surely fit, didn't it? ;-)
Posted Apr 10, 2006 7:26 pm

Charleswho indeed!

Charles

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cheers

charles
Posted Apr 15, 2006 12:39 pm

Mark DoironRe: who indeed!

Mark Doiron

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No one! ;-) Thanks, Charles, for looking at my images!
Posted Apr 15, 2006 6:41 pm

CharlesRe: who indeed!

Charles

Voted 10/10

it´s a pleasure!
Posted Apr 16, 2006 6:57 am

Holsti97Mark....

Holsti97

Voted 10/10

this shot is so coool!
Posted Apr 25, 2006 7:45 pm

Mark DoironRe: Mark....

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Holsti97! The night skies (can you tell I'm an amateur astronomer?) are extremely dark. It took two nights of trying to get the image I wanted. But it really shows why I do this: I love the night sky, and, of course, I love time spent in the wilderness with my son (who's growing up far too rapidly!).
Posted Apr 25, 2006 8:04 pm

SajamaSweet dreams

Sajama

Voted 10/10

Very beautiful image and incredible place to sleep!

Sweet dreams, Curtis and Mark.
Posted May 23, 2006 6:58 am

Mark DoironRe: Sweet dreams

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Sajama! I love dark places and it certainly was. Seeing the Coal Sack (in the Milky Way) pop out at you is certainly breathtaking.
Posted May 23, 2006 11:27 am

Mark DoironRe: That's really cool!

Mark Doiron

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Too many for me to count, which is how I love it! Thanks for looking. --mark d.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 6:04 pm

Erik BeelerCool...

Erik Beeler

Voted 10/10

...about covers it. Great shot.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 5:06 pm

Mark DoironRe: Cool...

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for the comment and for looking, Soccerboy. --mark d.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 6:04 pm

tuntunAgain..

tuntun

Voted 10/10

Again and again..Want to vote more stars.
Posted Dec 6, 2006 9:44 am

Mark DoironRe: Again..

Mark Doiron

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I do love the stars--those in the nighttime sky, that is! --mark d.
Posted Dec 6, 2006 3:13 pm

justahikerFantastic!!

justahiker

Voted 10/10

Shame that 10 is highest grade I can give you, Mark!

Congratulations!
Posted May 15, 2007 3:59 am

Mark DoironRe: Fantastic!!

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Justahiker, glad that you enjoyed it! :-) --mark d.
Posted May 15, 2007 7:21 am

patricktaschler* * * * *

patricktaschler

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I think you got the title wrong ... this is(!) a five star hotel :))
Posted Sep 7, 2007 7:42 am

Mark DoironRe: * * * * *

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Patrick, I think so too! --mark d.
Posted Sep 7, 2007 8:51 am

johnlogukJust brilliant!

johnloguk

Voted 10/10

A great photo that sums up why the enlightened among us love camping in wild places! Hotels? You can keep 'em!!
Posted Jan 26, 2008 10:09 am

Mark DoironRe: Just brilliant!

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for the really nice comment, Johnloquk! --mark d.
Posted Jan 27, 2008 5:47 pm

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