Night Sky at Trumbull Lake

Trumbull Lake is the lowest of the Virginia Lakes (in Mono County, CA)—only about 9,675 feet above sea level. I returned there a couple of weeks ago, camping for 2 nights at Trumbull Lake Campground. The mid-September night was cold, clear, and calm, just right for a little night sky photography.

Night sky from Trumbull Lake

Looking southwest (38 sec., f/5.6, ISO 4,000, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens)
The galactic center and Mars (the brightest small object) are near the trees at left.

Night sky from Trumbull Lake

Looking northeast (30 sec., f/5.6, ISO 5,000, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens).
See the Andromeda Galaxy to the right of the Milky Way?

Star trails over Trumbull Lake

Star trails over Trumbull Lake (11 stacked exposures of 8 minutes each, f/5.6, ISO 400, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens)


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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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3 Responses to Night Sky at Trumbull Lake

  1. coasttestGreg says:

    These are wonderful and have everything you could want: pleasing silhouettes, reflections, and some Milky Way (and even a galaxy!) to boot. But what I love even more, for entirely selfish reasons, is that you’ve posted your exposure settings. 🙂

  2. Iriz Chan says:

    I’m in love with these photos… 🙂

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