Polaris, the pole star

I’ve taken star trail photos before, but this time I made a special effort to include Polaris, also known as the pole star or the North star. It is very close to the celestial North pole, meaning all the other stars appear to rotate around it.

At first I was annoyed that two or three aeroplanes crossed the frame in the 45 minutes it took to make this picture, but actually I think the lower, continuous aircraft track adds something to the picture. I don’t like the dotted line, though.

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