Cajón Del Maipo Moon & Venus, Milky Way

moon, venus and the milky way

There’s a story to this one. I set up 2 cameras the night before the conjunction on an isolated peak at the end of Cajón Del Maipo. The cameras were on a timer for timelapsing, so I would be long gone and sleeping in a warm bed at the refugio when they started firing.

  • Camera: Canon 5dmkII
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • Aperture: f/2.5
  • Shutter speed: 20 seconds
  • ISO: 3200
  • Date: March 2011

Well the drive back to the refugio was the story. Winding my way down the track I came across a truck balanced at the road edge on 3 wheels, with one in free air. Two guys were beside it and flagged me down. Now my spanish is close to non-existent, so after some wasted seconds of verbal comms we moved to sign language and it dawned on me they wanted a tow! Me in a small rented suzuki 4×4 towing a small truck back off the side of a cliff! Hmmmmm! Against my better judgement I agreed (I couldn’t leave them out there, could I?). Well after 3 or 4 failed attempts we did it, but there was a pretty ugly smell coming from my engine. Waving the guys goodbye, I proceeded on down the mountain. I hadn’t gone far when I noticed the gear stick seizing up and not long after it seized completely. I was stuck in 1st gear, still some kms from the refugio. To cut a long story short, I made it, but next morning the clutch fully died and we had to wait most of the morning for a tow truck from Santiago to haul us home.

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One Comment

  1. James July 17, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Impressed you caught the Milky Way here alongside the moon- what phase was the moon at? Full? I’m going to be in the alps for a weekend soon, and fancied a night-shot at a lake I often visit, but I believe the moon is full while I’m there :(

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