Summit of Mauna Kea Volcano
Island of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands

  A dormant volcano, Mauna Kea is the highest point in the Hawaiian island chain rising to 13,796 feet from sea level.  From the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the highest island-mountain in the world as it rises 32,000 feet.  At 13,796 feet, the atmosphere is exceptionally dry and stable. The mountain is known for clear nights that provide exceptional viewing for the eleven countries that operate 14-telescopes. The result is a world premier site for astronomical observatories. 

So you have been to the best astronomy schools and ready to make the trip to Mauna Kea and choose your telescope..  Well, the images are electronically viewed from Hilo. Nobody sits at the summit and pears through a telescope anymore. An application for observation time must be submitted to the astronomy board that controls the viewing time of the observatory you want to use.  If approved, it can be months or years before getting access to an observatory.

Here are more websites with photos and information about the observatories on Mauna Kea:

http://www.accuracyingenesis.com/kea.html

http://www.accuracyingenesis.com/volcano.html
 

Photographic equipment  used during this trip:
Olympus 2000
Film:  Kodachrome 64 and Elite Chrome 100

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Canada-France-Hawaii 3.6 Meter Optical Telescope
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Gemini Telescope
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University of Hawaii 2.2 Meter Telescope
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Japanese Subaru and Keck Telescopes
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NASA Infrared Telescope
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Mauna Loa Volcano
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Sunset on Mauna Kea
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