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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
tibber
Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
50 ft AEG
 
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Wanted to check out the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (Christmas Star) somewhere along the route. I needed to be on the north side so I could shoot to the SW with some kind of foreground. Surprisingly it was a tad chilly hiking up there despite the warm temperature, especially thru the washes. I was sorry I hadn't brot my warmer jacket. I did hike up from a different angle than I've hiked up before.

On the side of the north of the western humps I found one saguaro that would work. I had to scramble a bit off the trail to get a good angle and needless to say I was at an angle too as there wasn't a flat place to stand or sit but I made do. I actually got there too soon, a little before sunset so I had to wait longer than I wanted to finally see the planets in the sky. I found them rather quickly and then Tibbermode ensued. The views from the side of the mountain were quite fun to observe. I could see the Thunderbird Mountain area and the Bradshaws and the northern mountains and mesas as well as some of the further ranges to the WSW.

My focus, however, was to the southwest. After sitting for about 1/2 hour shooting, I decided to try and get the planets between the arms of the saguaro. I was able to do that. I was having trouble with the "Pro" mode of my phone camera as the white balance was not cooperating. This camera can take killer "nite" pictures but you have to figure out how it works. I had watched videos the night before but it didn't say anything about the white balance and despite my attempts at adjustments, it was for naught so I pretty much had to rely on my point and shoot.

I had my single light that I attached to my shirt to guide me for the hike back as it was dark now. The moon did provide some light. I was surprised to see others with headlamps on various parts of the mountain. There were also several cars in the circle below the TH parking lot that had closed for the nite.
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