Star Trails From Mauna Kea Observatory - Photo Gallery 1

©2011 by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.


Mauna Kea Observatory (MKO) is located near the 4205m (13,800ft) summit of Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognized as one of the world's premier astronomical research facilities, MKO is an international collection of independent observatories. Hawaii's isolation in the mid-Pacific Ocean and the high elevation of Mauna Kea makes it one of the best locations on Earth for ground-based astronomy.

I've made many trips to Mauna Kea to use the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). This gave me plenty of opportunities to shoot long time exposures at night and capture the graceful arcs of the stars and planets as they rise and set.

The following photo gallery presents a collection of star trail photographs made from Mauna Kea Observatory. A second set of photos can be found in Mauna Kea Star Trails Gallery 2.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.



MK89-207
Circumpolar Star Trails
& UKIRT Observatory

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MK89-203
Rising Orion
Star Trails
Above CFHT

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MK87-182
Polar Star Trails
Over CFHT - 1

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MK88-606
Twilight CFHT
& Circumpolar
Star Trails

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MK89-317
Winter Star Trails
with IRTF & CFHT

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MK88-619
Rising Star Trails
Over Mauna Kea

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MK88-131
Keck Dome &
Star Trails

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MK89-221
Star Trails
& Keck

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MK89-213
Circumpolar
Star Trails
Over NASA IRTF

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MK88-610
Night Visitors at
UKIRT Observatory

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MK89-233
IRTF Lights On
& Star Trails

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MK89-315
CFHT & UH
with Star Trails

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MK91-311
Moon & Orion Rising
From NASA IRTF

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MK89-222
Orion
Star Trails
Over Keck

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MK89-223
Orion Rises
Over Keck

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MK89-318
IRTF and
Fisheye Star Trails

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MK89-329
Star Streaks Over
Mauna Kea
Observatories

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MK89-208
Night Visitors
at CFHT with
Star Trails

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MK88-655
Polar Star Trails
Above UKIRT

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MK89-220
Keck Dome
Bathed in Moonlight

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MK89-332
Circumpolar Star Trails
& NASA IRTF - 1

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MK88-605
Polar Star Trails
Over CFHT - 2

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MK89-211
Fisheye Star Trails
Over Mauna Kea

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MK89-214
CFHT &
Streaking
Star Trails

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MK88-608
Mauna Kea
Star Trails

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