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Minotaur 1541 viewsSeptember 22, 2005 marked the first Vandenberg AFB dusk launch in nearly three years. The Minotaur booster Lifted off from south Vandenberg just after 19:24 PDT, the start of a 16-minute launch window.
This first photo in the series shows the the Minotaur streaking southward from Vandenberg as it gains altitude.
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In Alignment540 viewsTaken 5/14/04
A beautiful warm evening here in the Los Angeles area. 95 degrees at my station in Altadena today. I spent the evening in the back yard to watch a visible pass of the International Space Station (ISS) and took some photos of the evening sky. The brightest object is Venus, the "Evening Star". Moving 45 degrees from Venus to the upper left you see Mars and then Saturn. A beautiful alignment of three of the visible planets.
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San Clemente Sunset540 viewsTaken from the bluff at San Clemente State Beach Campground. Looking North, you can see the San Clemente Pier with Dana Point in the background.
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Is That You Woody ?538 viewsA rare sight in my neck of the woods, this Woodpecker was enjoying the warm Autumn Afternoon in the White Birch Tree in my front yard. Partly cloudy skies and a high of 70.9 degrees at my Weather Station in Altadena, CA made for a wonderful day.
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ISS Pass536 viewsTaken 5/14/04
Taken just after sunset, looking North. This Time Exposure captured one of the rare visible passes of the International Space Station. The white line is the Space Station as it passes in front of the stars. This was a 74 Second Exposure at f4.5, ISO 400.
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Lizard536 viewsThis lizard blends in with his surroundings. Taken at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve located near Lancaster, CA
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Contemplation534 viewsTaken at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
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A Gaggle of Lady Bugs534 viewsThese Lady Bug Photos were taken with my Canon Digital Rebel with a 300mm Zoom Lens.
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ISS 9-11-2015 533 viewsAnother nice pass of the International Space Station caught early this morning. It was passing overhead from NW to NNE. Magnitude of brightness was -2.4

One of the Altadena WeatherCam's regular viewers, Leo, saw this and alerted me to the image. Thanks Leo!
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Mount Wilson Sunrise533 viewsTaken in the early morning hours of 9/18/05 while working on the Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run. We were at the Sam Merrill Trail at about 4500 ft elevation. The Antennas along Mount Wilson are silhouetted against the bright pink sky.
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Surrealistic Sunset528 viewsThe haze from the city gives this Sunset Photo a Surrealistic look. Taken 9/27/03 from the Sam Merrill Trail near Echo Mountain. Approx 4500 ft elevation.
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