Star Trails From Mauna Kea Observatory - Photo Gallery 2

©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 1.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.



MK87-186
Circumpolar Star Trails
at CFHT

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MK89-322
Star Trails Over
Mauna Kea Summit

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MK89-201
Polar Star Trails
Above CFHT

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MK89-210
Moonset &
Star Trails
from Mauna Kea - 1

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MK88-654
Star Trails Over
UKIRT & CFHT

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MK88-130
Star Trails Steaking
Over NASA IRTF

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MK89-328
Winter Star Trails
Over Keck Dome

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MK89-218
Night Visitors
at NASA IRTF

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MK89-324
Setting Star Trails
Over Keck

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MK88-603
CFHT Silhouette &
Polar Star Trails

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MK88-607
Mauna Kea &
Southern Star Trails

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MK91-309
NASA IRTF
& Star Trails

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MK89-313
Searching
the Heavens
From CFHT

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MK88-604
Star Trails
Silhouetting CFHT

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MK89-319
Circumpolar Star Trails
& NASA IRTF - 2

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MK89-327
Polar Star Trails
Over Keck Observatory

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MK89-314
CFHT &
Polar Star Trails

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MK88-611
Moonrise & Star Trails
from NASA IRTF

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MK89-305
CFHT & Star Trails
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MK89-215
NASA IRTF & CFHT
with Star Trails

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MK89-316
IRTF, CFHT &
Winter Star Trails

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MK89-212
Rising Star Trails
Over Mauna Kea

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MK89-304
Orion & Sirius
Star Trails
Above CFHT

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MK89-326
Maxwell & Caltech
Observatories
with Star Trails

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MK89-320
Streaking Star Trails
& NASA IRTF

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