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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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I'm sitting in my office now, wishing I'd be at a place like that instead. Wonderful shot.
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:42 am

Mark DoironRe: speechless

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Hshdude, the skies at Big Bend are indeed breathtaking. --mark d.
Posted Apr 15, 2008 2:33 pm

CrazySanManGreat photo!


Voted 10/10

Outstanding photography work.
Posted Aug 7, 2008 6:07 am

Mark DoironRe: Great photo!

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, CrazySanMan, I really do appreciate the feedback! :-) --mark d.
Posted Aug 7, 2008 8:09 am

RSBARNESSky's the limit


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Texas.. You don't always have to summit a mountain to have a beautiful view.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 2:43 pm

Mark DoironRe: Sky's the limit

Mark Doiron

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No you don't! Thanks for stopping by! --mark d.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 3:43 pm



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very beautiful......!! i love it..
Posted Oct 22, 2008 1:58 pm

Mark DoironRe: amazing!

Mark Doiron

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And, again, thank you! --mark d.
Posted Oct 22, 2008 2:00 pm

steven15933Richard Doiron

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Thats a sky at night in Texas.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 12:34 pm

Mark DoironRe: Richard Doiron

Mark Doiron

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LOL, yes it is. So what's with the userID?

--mark d.
Posted Aug 1, 2010 3:12 pm

slowbutsteadyLove this image...


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Great job of keeping star trails to a minimum. How hot was it during the day in July at Big Bend?
Posted Mar 5, 2011 3:37 pm

Mark DoironRe: Love this image...

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It wasn't that bad. We hiked out to Santa Elena Canyon in the late afternoon and to Balanced Rocks in the mid-afternoon. But, it was definitely more comfortable up in the mountains. Thanks for looking and posting a comment! --mark d.
Posted Mar 6, 2011 6:55 am

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