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Another Annual Trip to Mt. Piños Is Done

Every summer I try to get up to Mt. Piños at least once. Although it's 130 miles from home and 30 miles further from home than my observatory, the 8,300-foot peak is a great place to escape the desert heat and enjoy a change in scenery.

This time around, wild fires in various areas of southern California yielded some hazy skies and the breeze was quite strong all night, but it was still very pleasant. With a nighttime low of 56F and an SQM reading of 21.55, I'm not complaining.

Here are some images from my one-nighter...

Hazy sky due to fires in the region
Takahashi FSQ-106ED X-III telescope, Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO mount,
Canon EOS 6D camera, Orion StarShoot Autoguider
Controlling everything from inside the car using a laptop
The morning after
The Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae. 42 minutes (3-minute subs) at ISO 3200.
The Andromeda Galaxy. 15 minutes (3-minute subs) at ISO 3200.

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