Foothills Park, Palo Alto, CA

I attended my first star party at Foothills Park tonight. I arrived shortly before sunset and witnessed the last rays of the day wash over the golden foothills.

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Nikon D800, PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED, ISO 100, 24mm, 0 EV, f/11, 1/40s

Once the sun sets, the blue sky turns purple.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 28mm, 0 EV, f/5.6, 1/25s

With SJC to the south and SFO to the north, this busy air corridor was filled with planes coming and going. This plane is flying above the Dumbarton Bridge on the way to San Francisco airport.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 300mm, 0 EV, f/5.6, 1/25s

At sunset, the landscape turns almost monochromatic with just the silhouette of buildings and trees visible. The bright dot really looks like Sutro Tower.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/100s

The night sky behind Vista Hill. While a lot of stars were visible from Foothills Park, it is not a dark site like Kings Canyon. The Milky Way looks like its making an appearance in the lower left-hand corner.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 800, 15mm, 0 EV, f/2.8, 8.2s

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