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Tony Rowell

Bristlecone Pine and Milky Way, 10,000 ft in the White Mountains, California
11 minute single exposure with a off camera flash at the end using a Nikon F100, 28 mm lens f 2.8 set to f 4 Fuji Provia 400X Tracked with Losmandy GM-8 Mount w/Gemini on 06- 02-08 at 1:00 A.M (PST) Taken by Tony Rowell of Bishop, California

Image Credit- Tony Rowell
Email Tony@TonyRowell.com
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In June of 2008 my friend Thomas and I drove to the Shulman Grove in California’s White Mountains to photograph bristlecone pine trees that are some of Earth’s oldest living things. One of the trees named the Methuselah is estimated to be over 4,700 years old and was alive when the Egyptians were constructing the pyramids. My assistant and I arrived just after midnight and began hiking, carrying my 80+ pounds of camera and telescope tracking equipment on the Discovery trail at over 10,000 feet in search of a tree I had seen on my last visit. I was inspired by my late father photographer Galen Rowell to take this challenging image, combining both Earth and space. My dad had taken an image of a different bristlecone pine tree, combined with star trails, over 30 years earlier in 1976.

My vision was to start a long exposure with the horizon slightly out of level, with my camera on a moving motor-driven telescope mount, tracking the Earth’s rotation and keeping the stars from trailing, hopefully with the horizon level at the end. With this technique, I captured billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy during an 11 minute, single exposure, in which I used an off camera flash near the end to illuminate one of the oldest trees in the world.

~Tony Rowell


Horsehead Nebula from 12,500 feet at EAS Star Party at Barcroft-Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day January 2010

NASA APOD website Leonid Meteor at Dawn- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day November 19th 2009

NASA APOD website Meteor and Milky Way over Mining Cabin- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day November May 1st 2009

The CARMA Array and the Milky Way in the White Mountains, CA


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