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mcrtchly
2019-05-29 16:27:17
"La Palma
Picture: La Palma's second highest summit (Contract pics)

Heavens Above
Rising to 2,426 metres above sea level, the volcanic island of La Palma is the second highest of the Canary Islands. It's weather is dominated by the Trade Winds, which often cover ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 metres in cloud. Above this elevation, and especially during the night, the skies are usually crystal clear, and for this reason the island has been designated a Starlight Reserve, one of only three in the world, and the reason we are visiting the island as we reccie locations for a future photo tour. Consequently, La Palma is one of the best locations for astronomical observations in Europe, and is home to a number of important telescopes, including the largest optical telescope in the world. Lining the ridge of the Caldera da Taburiente, one of the planet's largest and tallest erosion craters with a circumference of 29km and caldera walls which rise to over 2,000 metres, these observatories with their gleaming white domes are a truly stunning sight. Many of them are built on the NW slopes of the 2,366 metre high Pico de la Fuente Nueva (pictured here), the second highest point of the island, the Roque de los Muchachos nearby being the high point. Trails line the caldera rim, and using one of these we climbed to this summit to get a shot of it during the small hours with the Milky Way rearing up behind it. The bright star centre right is Jupiter.
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Forum: General
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tomlug48 5 hours ago.
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Galtymore from the South x3
ilenia 10 hours ago.
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Forum: General
Autumn Colours
tomlug48 22 hours ago.
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Cleat: Pink 'Skye' at morning
mcrtchly a day ago.
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Forum: Suggestions
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peter1 a day ago.
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conororourke 2 days ago.
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Crohan West: Sun and fog
peter1 a day ago.
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Sgurr an t-Searraich: Viewed from Allt a'Chruinn path
billbaggins 6 days ago.
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billbaggins 6 days ago.
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