Dark sky at Parashant National Monument

I had the opportunity to visit the Parashant National Monument, which is a remote area on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  I accompanied the St George Astronomy Group for a seminar on astronomy and night photography at this superb dark sky site, about 60 miles down a dirt road from St George.  Due to the presence of a semi-moon, it was not a perfect night for astronomy, but a great night for moon photography.  Here’s a couple of shots through my Celestron 8″ SCT telescope – one of the moon, and one of the Sea of Tranquility.

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