Observing and Photography at Sunset Crater National Monument

While observing comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Friday morning, I shot some photos of what I thought was a beautiful sight. Although moonlight is bad for deep sky observing, it does illuminate the landscape and makes for interesting night scenes. I usually observe at Cinder Hills Overlook when I drive out to Sunset Crater National Monument. However, I was running late and didn’t want to take the extra 10 minutes or so to drive the rest of the way through the monument. So I stopped at a scenic view parking area and set up there.

Scorpius rises at Sunset Crater National Monument

Scorpius rises at Sunset Crater National Monument

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Observing comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) at Sunset Crater National Monument

Observing comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) at Sunset Crater National Monument

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Dawn observing at Sunset Crater National Monument

Dawn observing at Sunset Crater National Monument

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