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Mauna Kea2066 viewsTaken Kea 4/6/06
There are currently thirteen working telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea. They include the largest optical/infrared telescopes in the world (the Keck telescopes), the largest dedicated infrared telescope (UKIRT) and the largest submillimeter telescope in the world (the JCMT). In this photo taken near the 13,796 Foot Summit you can see (from left to right) the Subaru Telescope, the 2 W.M. Keck Telescopes and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility.

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2669 viewsNext order of business was to get Antenna #4 ready to handle traffic. This 9 Meter Dish would handle traffic while we cleaned up the 32 Meter Dishes.

John Bartman (left)
and Shane Edmonston discuss the process.

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3065 viewsNot until you arrive in the parking lot, do you truly appreciate the magnitude of these huge antennae. Each of the three large dishes measures 105 feet in diameter.

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Desert Five Spot2104 viewsAnother view of the rare Desert Five Spot.
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Sparrow1871 viewsThere weren't a lot of poppies this year so I spent more time taking photos of the wildlife. Taken at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve located near Lancaster, CA
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Sno-Caps3558 viewsRemember the Nestle Candy you used to get at the Movies? Well, that's what came to mind when thinking of a name for this image.

A very cold Low Pressure System moved down the coast from Alaska and combined with some moisture from the South to give us this beautiful snowfall down to about 3000'. This image was taken at 3:06 a.m. and the temperature dropped down to 33.1 Degrees just before sunrise.

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Squall3012 viewsRemnants of a storm which blew through the Southern California area. Heavy rain can be seen falling in the distance. Taken from the end of the Oceanside Pier.
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Fire4179 viewsThe glow from a small brush fire near the top of Lake Avenue can be seen on the right side of this image. Living along the foothills, we are always alert to fires. The sirens woke us up and we went up the street to watch. Quick work from the Los Angeles County Fire Department had the fire under control quickly.
(31 votes)
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Moon Passing1982 viewsI was up at the crack of dawn 2/22/06 to get a few shots of the Sunrise over the Sea Of Cortez. The Last Quarter Moon was setting as the sky was beginning to brighten. I heard a jet high overhead and turned just in time to catch this shot of the jet and it's contrail passing the Moon. Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel using a 100-300 Zoom Lens. ISO 400, 1/640 second at f8.0

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Low Clouds3833 viewsLow clouds moved in this evening. Gave an eerie look to the WeatherCam images.
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Attentive2028 viewsI don't remember what she was staring at but it had her full attention. This is Leila at 1 1/2 Years.
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An Apple A Day2017 viewsThis Squirrel was really enjoying the apple. He munched on it for quite a while while I took photos of him. Taken at San Clemente State Beach Campground.
(8 votes)
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