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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

Today

Hi39° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog then Rain

Tonight

Lo34° Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain then Slight Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi47° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

The Milky Way over Lake Chelan

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Photographing the stars becomes a sort of addiction. You wait for the new moon. You check the cloud cover. You scan maps and websites to find dark spots and you talk with other photographers about ISO and exposure times.

Finding a spot that's dark with a clear view of the sky takes a bit of driving. I was near 25 mile creek at Lake Chelan and thought I would head up to Shady Pass, a high spot between the Chelan Basin and the Entiat Valley. The road was blocked off due to the recent fires. So I headed back to the lake and set my camera up on a sturdy dock made of cement. No camera jitter caused by wave action.

I took a few test shots to determine the best ISO (light gathering ability), leveled out the camera and started firing away.

This panorama is comprised of 11 images shot at an ISO of 3200. Each exposure is 30 seconds. It was stitched together using Photoshop. 

Milky Way over Lake Chelan
11 shots stitched together for panorama