The Milky Way rises over Monument Valley

Posted by BobFranke
on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This image shows the Milky Way rising over Monument Valley. It is centered on the constellation Sagittarius, with Scorpius at the left edge of large rock.  The galactic center is slightly below and to the right of the image's center.

Although the sky is very dark at Monument Valley, time exposures easily reveal the glow of distant population areas. The brightest area appears to be Gallup, New Mexico, with Farmington to the left.

The image was taken from a balcony at The View Hotel. The hotel is a Navajo owned business located within the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Park at Monument Valley. Although you can get a great shot from your hotel room, the best compositions are from the valley floor.  This image shows the headlights of car returning at 11 PM.

Instrument: DX Nikkor ED 15-55mm zoom @ 18mm - f/3.5
Camera: Nikon D40X
Exposure: RGB 2 min.(2 x 60 min.) ISO 1600
Mount: Barn Door Tracker

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