This weekend I was pleased to have been invited with a few other people to go spend a night at the Manastash Ridge Observatory in eastern Washington. It’s about a 120 mile drive away from my house, and we headed out from the Seattle area around 11am on Saturday.
After arriving, we were treated to a great view of the surrounding hills, excellent brats on the grill, cookies at 1am for stargazing, and a great game of cards. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t completely cooperate: high winds (I guess there’s a reason the Wild Horse Wind Farm (pics) is just about 15 miles away) and about 30-40% upper level cloud coverage made viewing conditions less than optimal.
I did finally get a chance to play with some wide angle sky photography. I’m so-so about the results, definitely need to do some more practicing with this stuff:
More pictures available on my Flickr stream here.