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By Mary Elizabeth Sasso

July 25, 2017 (Mount Laguna) -- Late Friday night, a group of photographers organized by Randy Miller of El Cajon traveled 45 miles east of San Diego to the Cleveland National Forest in search of the Milky Way galaxy. After a short hike up a paved road, we arrived at the Mount Laguna Observatory which is approximately 6100 feet above sea level.

This site is ideal for astronomy buffs and photographers alike. The lack of light pollution provides a spectacular view of the night sky and more importantly, the Milky Way.

Some of the braver photographers opted to climb up rocks to secure a premium view of the sky, while others surrounded the observatory's wooden deck. At 10:45 pm, the Milky Way's brilliance could be easily seen from the Mt. Laguna Observatory despite the surrounding tree line.

The Observatory is run by the San Diego State University Department of Astronomy. According to their website (http://astronomy.sdsu.edu/mount-laguna-observatory-facilities/) it is used for training, research and education programs.

For information about the MLO Summer Visitors Program, please call 619-594-1415.

If you wish to join Randy Miller's photography group, you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/165111223695500/. The group shoots everywhere from Coronado to the Anza-Borrego Desert.

View more of Mary Elizabeth Sasso’s professional photographs at MaryElizabethSasso.com