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Astrophotography at Palomar Observatory | Pasadena, Glendale, Los Angeles Baby Portrait Photographer Guest Post

Today I’m presenting the second guest post by my resident astronomer, Evan, the other half of Bamboo Shoots Photography.  If you missed our first Los Angeles astrophotography post, check it out here!

I sometimes have the privilege of using the Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory in southern California.  When it was built in 1948, its 200-inch primary mirror made it the largest telescope in the world by far.  I took a short break from my observing to step outside and snap this 30-second exposure of the Milky Way with the telescope dome.  Isn’t the Milky Way gorgeous?  Many of its 10 trillion stars are hiding behind the dark bands, called dust lanes, that you see in this photo.

Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby & child portrait photographer astrophotography astronomy night sky at Palomar Observatory

Both of these photos were taken in the middle of a pitch-black, moonless night, so it’s amazing that San Diego’s city lights were able to illuminate these clouds.  Want to help an astronomer?  Turn off your lights at night!

Los Angeles, San Marino, Arcadia, Alhambra baby & child portrait photographer astrophotography astronomy night sky at Palomar Observatory

Chi - These photos are mind-boggling. Evan, congrats! I never imagined that with some real skill and patience you could actually capture the night sky without an absurdly specialized astrophotography star-tracking contraption.April 25, 2011 – 7:11 pm

Kim - I always enjoy looking at the night sky and especially the Milky Way, but I usually haven’t had good luck except when camping. These photos are so amazing! (Did the second photo show a shooting star?)April 23, 2011 – 9:48 am

Larry - Truc – Awesome Photos. They remind me of the beautiful photos I used to enjoy looking at so much in the photography books and magazines I used to have.April 14, 2011 – 10:58 am

Peggy - You actually took that second photo in San Diego? Wow! What an awesome site. I don’t live anywhere near a city that large and I’ve never seen so many stars at once. I guess the key to being a great photographer is knowing where to look and how to see what’s really there. Great job.April 13, 2011 – 4:53 pm

Marci - Really great shot of the Observatory against the star-lit sky with the Milky Way…really good! It’s amazing how well it shows up considering you take in the pitch black of night.

The second photo reminds me of being on a farm in the country and looking up into the night sky. Very peaceful feeling.April 13, 2011 – 3:11 pm

Dale - Great jobApril 13, 2011 – 1:34 pm

Dan - That beautiful Milky Way can be observed near the city of San Diego? You’re such a talented photographer! I really like the observatory in the corner of the first photo contrasting with the Milky Way above it. Good work!April 13, 2011 – 12:38 pm

Xiaoting - Yes it is an amazing place!! I sang the song of exiting all the time. I like the first picture!! ^o^April 13, 2011 – 12:13 pm

May - Amazing!!April 13, 2011 – 10:09 am

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