TheMercenary Thursday Jun 5 10:44 AM
June 5, 2008: Stargazers
glatt Thursday Jun 5 10:59 AM
What a cool picture.
Flint Thursday Jun 5 11:40 AM
Where I live, I don't even bother looking at the sky; you can't see it. It's supposed to be an awe-inspiring sight. When I go to the country, I lie on my back for hours, watching shooting stars and having long conversations about what's out there.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jun 5 11:47 AM
Those Flagstaffians act all righteous, but actually they're cowards trying to hide their city from the aliens.
TheMercenary Thursday Jun 5 01:04 PM
I am an amature star gazer. Spend a lot of time on deployment and there is no light pollution so there is lots to look at. I love to see the milky way, and with a pair of good binocs you can see Andromeda Galaxy (M31) http://stargazing.suite101.com/artic...tion_andromeda .
HungLikeJesus Thursday Jun 5 01:08 PM
Slight Thursday Jun 5 01:14 PM
OK, this photo doesn't look right to me. Looking at the full res version it feels like someone took two pictures and stitched them together. The background is a starscape and the foreground is a long exposure of a mountain. The stitch point is the top edge of the mountain/cloud. The cloud looks really fake. The reason I can say its a 'shop is because the top edge has more definition than it should given the sharpness of everything else in the photo; ie compare any of the roof lines with the top edge of the mountain. Also the top edge just left of the cloud has added white which makes it look like it was cut out of a different picture. Also the center is weird blurry indicating rubber stamping and the house in the center seems to have have stopped a hill from continuing along the treeline. You can also see the same bush repeated 3 times in the bottom center treeline. All in all, I don't believe this photo.
glatt Thursday Jun 5 01:32 PM
I thought it looked fake too, but the only thing I saw was the edge between the mountain top and the sky where the cloud isn't. But NASA is pretty well known for making composite images. And this came from NASA's site.
skysidhe Thursday Jun 5 02:06 PM
fake or not it's beautiful
Sheldonrs Thursday Jun 5 06:52 PM
I can still remember the shock I got when i first moved from New Jersey and flew to Arizona before heading to California. We drove through the desert at night and I saw more stars in one minute than I had ever seen in my entire life, put together.
Sperlock Thursday Jun 5 10:17 PM
My God, it's full of stars!
spudcon Thursday Jun 5 10:35 PM
Kasszia Friday Jun 6 02:36 PM
@ Sperlock, you made me almost spit my soup!
Big Sarge Friday Jun 6 06:32 PM
This is a composite image. The husband & wife team who made it on April 16th (?) have produced similar images in the past. Their intent is not to deceive, but to produce art that reflects the beauty of the sky. They take several images using high def with various focal points and then layer the images to produce the desired "sharpness"
Clodfobble Friday Jun 6 06:51 PM
Welcome, Big Sarge. Do you happen to be part of that husband and wife team?
Cicero Friday Jun 6 09:34 PM
Big Sarge Monday Jun 9 02:24 PM
Nope. I wish I could claim credit for quality of their work. The work was produced by Dan and Sandy Duriscoe. They are very well known for their work in Death Valley and Mammoth Lake areas.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Jun 9 11:00 PM
Cool, thanks for the info, Sarge.