Mauna Kea (Hawaii) Astrophotography advice?

Started Sep 27, 2017 | Discussions thread
nixda Veteran Member • Posts: 5,515
Re: Mauna Kea (Hawaii) Astrophotography advice?
  • Make sure you're not going diving the same day before going up to Mauna Kea
  • When at the top, don't be surprised if you're struggling for a while with the reduced level of oxygen. You'll be slower in general, particularly given the temperatures. And of course the wind might be quite a challenge too; need to weigh down your tripod quite heavily
  • Tour operators typically offer protective clothing, but that may not be sufficient
  • First, I would suggest to focus on the sunset and set up your camera accordingly

  • Then switch to taking in the night sky, but you need to find a tour that allows you to do that. Most tours simply set up at the visitor center, so you may have to take your own car after all (must be a 4x4, AFAIK)

If you can't find a tour that allows you ample time for what you're trying to accomplish, then I'd suggest you simply enjoy the experience mostly through your own eyes.

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