Death Valley trip - 2/28-3/4

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JD2775 Regular Member • Posts: 435
Death Valley trip - 2/28-3/4

I am heading out to DV during the dates listed in the title.  Due to work constraints I can't really alter those dates at this point.  I see there is a new moon that week, so I wanted to try to shoot the Milky Way if possible.  I don't have much experience in this area so I downloaded PhotoPills just to get an idea of what I may be in for.

I realize the time window will be short that time of year (like 3am -4am).  I don't mind that and can plan accordingly.  I can also stick around until the blue hour to get a better foreground to blend in.

My question is for those of you more knowledgeable than you think the Milky Way will really even really be visible or will it be too low on the horizon?  Spots I am thinking of are:

Zabriskie Point

Badwater Basin

Racetrack Playa

Mesquite Dunes


(all these facing south/southeast I think from what Photopills is showing me)

I am worried that the Badwater Basin view of the MW galactic core may be blocked by the mountains.  Zabriskie may be fine?  Not sure about Racetrack or Mesquite Dunes. The problem is I can't tell for sure from the Photopills AR visual tool because that just shows the milky way position in my current location.

Any experts in these areas of DV and that time of year that can chime in?   If it's a waste of time I'll just sleep in until sunrise

Thanks for any help!

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