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The Old Observatory by NicolasAlexanderOtto The Old Observatory by NicolasAlexanderOtto
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_______Tech Info
   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/4
   Shutter Speed: 30s
   ISO-Value: 800
   Focal Length: 10mm
   Filters: None
   Time: 23:53pm

_____Random Info
   Another night time shot from Portugal - this time though it's not on the coastline but on top of Portugals highest elevation Mt. Torre. Motif is the old observatory right on the peak of the mountain; next to it is also a new one, but I found that to be rather difficult to photograph because the only perspective with a nice foreground had the moon right behind it leaving a sky with almost no stars.

   This was actually the very first spot that SvenMueller and I visited in Portugal after driving through half of France and entire Spain during the daytime. I was a little disappointed by the fact that even at an elevation of more than 2000m there was still a pretty high humidity and that we had clouds as well - although not much it still made star trails impossible. Thus I tried to get a simple exposure with some of the stars and the observatory and feel quite happy with the results. To bad we didn't have new moon. I bet the sky would've looked even more impressive.

P.S. The light you can sea near the ridge comes from all the little villages spread across the plains at the bottom of the mountain as you can see on my ID here:

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VileYonderboy Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely Amazing shot!
VileYonderboy Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course!
Bojkovski Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work
danUK86 Jul 11, 2012   General Artist
fantastic shot :)
danUK86 Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
ragnaice Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, great picture! So many stars and the color of the sky is really pretty :wow:
Actually there weren't even that many due to the full moon and strong humidity. But still more then I'll ever get here in Germany. :D
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