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Zion Winter Nightscapes

Zion is an amazing park in all seasons.  It also truly gets all seasons, from a hot summer to a cold winter with some great fall color and a colorful spring too.  In February it is cold and there is often snow and ice.  

Febuary is also when the Galactic Core of the Milky Way returns to the night sky.  Or perhaps I should say the predawn sky.  At the February new moon it will rise in the east for a few minutes before the approaching dawn takes away the darkness.

I was up and out at 0300 waiting for it and hoping I could get an image or two.  I went through the tunnel to the east side as I figured the canyon itself would be too deep to get a view of the Milky Way low in the eastern sky.  I went as far east as Checkerboard Mesa and started setting up images and always looking east.  I moved to another location and then another, always looking east hoping to see the core.  Finally I could see it peaking over a peak in the slickrock of the east side.

I set up my A7R with the crop sensor 8mm …

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