After two years of filming the beautiful scenery atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, I've put together the third video in the "Mauna Kea Heavens" series. Every night, the northern hemisphere's premiere telescopes study the night skies from atop the 13,800 ft (4200 m) peak, and I spent many nights photographing their operations. Several of the telescopes use lasers for adaptive optics (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_optics), which removes the blurring effects of atmospheric turbulence in order to obtain more detailed images of astronomical objects.
Music: "Entering the Light" by Earthside. Please support the band!
I would like to thank the following people and observatories for obtaining film permits for me and granting access to their facilities:
- Subaru Telescope: Saeko Hayashi
- Keck Observatory: Steve Jefferson and Andrew Cooper
- Canada France Hawaii Telescope: Mary Beth Laychak and Tom Benedict
- Gemini Observatory: Joy Pollard and Alexis-Ann Acohido
- UH88: Colin Aspin
- JCMT: William Montgomerie and Jim Hoge
Equipment: A bunch
Find more of my work: sgphotos.com and flickr.com/photos/geekyrocketguy
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