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Southern Sky Above Lake Titicaca

1997 Southern Skies Star Party

Copyright by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.

In late June and early July of 1997, I attended the second annual Southern Skies Star Party organized by Ken Willcox. This event is held in Bolivia along the shores of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet). At that elevation, the southern skies are fabulously dark. Our group of about 22 people stayed at the Inca Ultama Hotel which afforded a large protected area to set up our telescopes for the week.

A detailed description of the 1996 Southern Skies Star Party was written by Ken Willcox.

Below is a sampling of photographs I took through a range of lenses and an AstroPhysics 105EDT 4" telescope. Special thanks to Vic Winter for loaning me his 8mm, 85mm and 400mm Nikkors!

All photos are ©1997 by Fred Espenak.

Photos of the 1997 Southern Skies Star Party

Astrophotophotography During the 1996 Southern Skies Star Party

The first Southern Skies Star Party was held in 1996. Astrophotos are online at Espenak's SSSP'96 Photo Gallery.

For more photo's and information about the 1997 Southern Skies Star Party as well as many wonderful images of Bolivia, see Vic Winter's SSSP'97 Web Page.

For more information and photos, see Southern Skies Star Party.

Southern Sky Astrophotography Links

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Copyright Notice

All photographs, text and web pages are © Copyright 2007 by Fred Espenak, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. They may not be reproduced, published, copied or transmitted in any form, including electronically on the Internet or WWW, without written permission of the author. The photos have been digitally watermarked.

The photographs may be licensed for commercial, editorial, and educational use. Contact Espenak (at MrEclipse) for photo use in print, web, video, CD and all other media.

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