Perseids meteor shower 2013 - With Dubai Astronomical Group

Hi,
How many of you actually know what is Perseids meteor shower???

It is a yearly phenomena which will reach its peak on Monday, August 12th 2013.

EPyC is known for sharing knowledge... and for this event we have tied up with Dubai Astronomy group.

Photography is about clicking pictures of the subject you know and understand. And here is your opportunity to learn from Dubai Astronomical Group and photograph the event.

Dubai Astronomy group consists of well known local astronomers, who will brief us on this Celestial Phenomenon. 
EPyC will brief you all on the necessary settings to photograph the sky in the night.

We will be meeting at their Zubair camp (25°22'47.61"N / 55°36'42.15"E), where they have their telescope installed, for us to get a closer look at one of the natures greatest fireworks.

There will be toilets at the camp, so don't worry about needing to leave in a hurry.

Yes we all have work the next day, and this is the reason we advice everyone to catch up on sleep before coming for the event.

We will meet at 8:00 pm at Emarat Petroluem (Near Tasjeel), Sharjah, on Mohd. Bin Zayed Rd (Earlier known as Emirates road).  25°20'47.26"N,  55°28'30.40"E.

Dubai Astronomical Group will charge AED 10 - per person.

According to weather forecast, Skies will be clear, Humidity will be around comfortable 6% with light breeze and temperatures as low as 33 deg centigrade... 

Promise your family that you will be back before they wake up,
Wear light clothes,
And join us for an over night picnic to witness this celestial wonder.

Yes bring your cameras with you... 

For shooting the stars, you would need the following,
Lens: 18 mm (and less) on a crop sensor camera & 24 mm (and less) on a full frame camera.
F stop: Fast lens which are close to f2.8 are good, but if you lens can touch F3.5 you can still get great pictures.
Tripod: A tripod is a must.
Accessory: Shutter release cable will help, but you can do without it. If you are planning to capture star trails, please bring along an intervalometer.

Techique:
For Shooting the stars...

To avoid motion blur,

1. Aperture: At the widest possible on your lens.

2. 500 rule: Shutter speed = 500 /(Focal length x crop factor). For Crop sensor cameras, crop factor for Nikon it is 1.5 and for Canon it is 1.6.
For example: Canon 7d has a crop factor of 1.6 and if we use an 18 mm lens with the camera.
Shutter speed = 500 / (18 x 1.6) = 17.36 sec. Round down the shutter speed, to the nearest possible shutter speed on your camera, or put the camera on BULB mode and use the Intervalometer to set the shutter speed to 17 seconds.

3. ISO: Do not hesitate to increase the ISO. Increase the ISO till you reach the desired exposure.

4. Focusing: Go into live view, zoom into the brightest star and manually focus till the star is at its sharpest. Put the lens back to manual focus, and do not touch the focus ring for the rest of the shoot.

5. Mirror Lockup: if you have this feature, enable mirror lockup. Which means you will have to press the shutter twice. Once to move the mirror out of the way, pause, then click the second time to expose the sensor. If you do not have Mirror Lockup feature, put the camera on LIVE Mode and shoot.

For Shooting the star trails

1. Same as above.
2. 90 min exposure. Put the camera on bulb mode, set the intervalometer, for a 90 min exposure... and read a book while the camera does the work.
If there is ambient light, do not go beyond 10 min exposure. Set the intervalometer for 10 min exposure and 1sec interval, and let the camera take multiple pictures at 10 min exposures with a gap of 1 sec between pictures. In Post processing, the pictures can be stacked into 1 image.
3. ISO: The least possible ISO setting.
4. Same as above.
5. Same as above.

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  • Jason

    Thank you all for coming... to see the picture I managed to capture... please visit my fb page.. https://www.facebook.com/JDphotojunky

    August 17, 2013

  • Gopakumar N.

    Was there till midnight and then the humidity got me. But once again a great effort by the organising team ( I sighted only one star though , and that was Jason). Wish the sky was clearer.
    A point I wanted to clarify - as I was leaving I heard somebody say that a high ISO setting helps in astro photos , but I was wondering if the associated high noise level would spoil the shots...pundits - pls comment.

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Yes high iso will cause noise... but if you have to freeze the night sky... without causing star trails... high iso levels are required...

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Nader B.

    Unfortunately,, after few hours suffering from heat and humidity, we could't watch anything

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Nader B.

      I'm always happy to be with group, it was anyway new experience...

      August 13, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      I agree nader being with you guys is what feeds our passion

      2 · August 13, 2013

  • Trevelyn

    Good but could have been better if the skies cleared up earlier

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Yup...I agree...

      August 13, 2013

  • Jason

    Finally reached home... thank you all for coming...

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Prashant B.

      Did u see any more??

      August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      From home... nope... I fainted when I reached my bed :)

      August 13, 2013

  • David N.

    I drove out the back of Arabian Ranches following the cycle route by about 30km to what should have been (according to google earth/maps) the middle of nowhere. This being Dubai however i guess i should have expected a construction site to be in the middle of nowhere covered in bright lights in addition to the road sweepers cutting about!

    That being said we we're up there for around 90 mins and saw 13 meteorites so it was worth the trip in the end. Gemenids in December so will recce a good spot for that

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Wow David you saw more of them then I did... I saw 4 of em... but yes we sitting rather than lying on the ground... learned something new last night... to see the meteors you should be lying on the ground looking straight up

      1 · August 13, 2013

    • David N.

      if it wasn't for the construction site that had miraculously appeared it would have been a fantastic location for viewing

      August 13, 2013

  • Huzaifa

    As soon as we (me and a friend) reached zubair camp he noticed an orange hue/tint in the not so very distant horizon (because the Emirates Rd exit is very very close to it), and knew that hue/tint would screw up the long exposure shots. So we left, ventured of into the "deep wild" of SHJ-KALBA road, and since my friend had been there before we headed for the exact spot (after the tunnel) he went last year for star gazing, unfortunately in that area etisalat/du decided to construct a telephone tower with a nice BIG red light on it, so started hunting for another spot. Found a decent one, and decided to set up shop, and weather was decent not that hot or humid....


    However, UAE is one of those very few places in the world which is extremely well lit, so finding a good spot with dark skies is very hard, unless you venture off into the desert.

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Huzaifa not far from sharjah, the zubair camp is a very dark spot, almost 8+ celestial magnitude... on the road... we had been there 3 weeks back... and it is superb location...

      August 13, 2013

    • Huzaifa

      oh well....maybe next time...

      August 13, 2013

  • Nicole

    I was down at 44 hatta road. after 2 hours we gave up because a small sandstorm came up....

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      The sky turned into a clear sky after 1 am. You tired... that is a good thing...

      August 13, 2013

  • Parth

    Didn't get to see any meteorites, as I had to pack up a little early, but the event was great. Met great people, and had a nice first experience. Cheers! :)

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Thank you Parth for coming

      August 13, 2013

  • Jason

    Obviously we could d better... nevertheless please leave your feedback and comments here... :)

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Prashant B.

    I loved the concept . Next time we need to send an invite to the clouds as well so that they join our party.Rather than otherwise ! Good job organisers

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Lol... thank you prashant... I enjoyed the chill time... the next time an ice box with buds will help... ;)

      August 13, 2013

  • Jason

    Anyone from epyc still around?

    August 13, 2013

    • Amir

      looks good.
      thanks and see you later.

      August 13, 2013

    • Kosala E.

      Left 1hr back

      August 13, 2013

  • Prashant B.

    1. Am assuming we need a memory card with at least 45mbps speed 16 Gb?? Amr/Jason???

    2. In case I miss the 8pm at tasjeel, can I reach the Zubair camp at 9?? Any telephone number I can call for directions ??

    P

    August 12, 2013

    • Prashant B.

      Are u around rajesh? Need to shoot some stars!

      August 13, 2013

    • Rajesh P.

      Hey, I escaped long back-- never came. Took U turn from Garhoud and returned. Soo cloudy and humidity JAAN LEVA !

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Hussein

    What time are we expecting it to happen

    August 12, 2013

  • Nilu

    Good luck & enjoy ! Can't wait to see your photos :)

    August 11, 2013

    • Jason

      r u back?

      August 12, 2013

    • Nilu

      :( no :( that's why i only can look at the photos you've taken :( i wish you are enjoying there :) i'll be back end of august :( which means i missed a lot and still i will be missing more events :((((

      August 12, 2013

  • David N.

    any updates on weather conditions?

    August 12, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      We are expecting the clouds to vanish at midnight

      August 12, 2013

    • David N.

      that would be good, i found a dopplar site and it looks ok. Think i may be heading out the back of big red as its easier for me to get too but hoping to see some sky

      August 12, 2013

  • Amir

    Hi folks...
    whats up there?
    have you been sucessful seeing capturing any good meteor ?
    please update us with the news

    August 12, 2013

  • AT

    Hii where are all the folks from epyc ...oh I see some tripods

    August 12, 2013

  • Suzanna

    Already here, Emarat (hopefully correct Emarat). Where is everyone?

    August 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Just about there

      August 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Type Al Zubair camp on google map...

      August 12, 2013

  • Rada A.

    The coordinates on my navigation say the camp is in Ajman is that correct?

    August 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Please try and make it to the first check point... if everyone tries to go directly and loose their way... it becomes difficult to direct em back to the location

      August 12, 2013

    • Rajesh P.

      Fond memories of Ghost Town :-)

      August 12, 2013

  • Prashant B.

    An trying to reach the site directly, google maps can't find the route on the GPS coordinates. Are ther any other landmarks?

    August 12, 2013

  • Rajesh P.

    Near Garhoud. Taking U turn now. Too cloudy :-( Any possibility of changing plan/venue ?

    August 12, 2013

  • Hussein

    Will meet you at the site all with my +1

    August 12, 2013

  • Trevelyn

    I just hope that the skies clear up tonight!

    August 12, 2013

    • Jason

      same here

      August 12, 2013

    • Rajesh P.

      Jason RH is so high !

      August 12, 2013

  • Imad

    Sorry people stuck at work.Last minute emergency.Will join next time .Enjoy

    August 12, 2013

  • Ashraf Munib J.

    Please don't let the weather put you down things can change in seconds we are going for the fun

    2 · August 12, 2013

  • Nitin

    Still need a ride? Leave a comment with your location and number so that someone can get in touch.

    August 12, 2013

    • Kosala E.

      I shall come with Trevlyn thanks and will come straight to Ajman

      August 12, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Sorry too cloudy! No chance for viewing! :-(

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great well ask cousin to drive me out into the desert..

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think I'll come cause its a cloudy sky.. And expecting rains.. great event hope I make it next time..

    August 12, 2013

  • sonal

    Hi, im definitely attending tonight. Anyone passing Burjuman.. or Bur Dubai.. Need transport and would be great if I could accompany any of you. Thank you so much.

    August 12, 2013

    • Jaideep

      Nitin - it's cool. I'll drive n take Sonal along. What's the cut off time for reaching Tasjeel? We can't leave before 745.

      August 12, 2013

    • Nitin

      We plan to be at the venue by 9. So if you reach Tasjeel and don't see us, call Jason and then drive on if necessary.

      August 12, 2013

  • Suzanna

    Is it possible to meet you guys there itself? Gotta drop the parents off at the airport first.

    August 9, 2013

    • Jason

      read the event description... it is in the description

      August 12, 2013

    • Dino A.

      see you soon guys! :)

      August 12, 2013

  • Tzu Wei, W.

    Hi guys, new joiner here. Just have a few questions as I'm definitely bringing my own camera and tripod:
    1. Is anyone going from or near Downtown Dubai
    2. I assume we're meeting at the gas station and going in a separate car to the final destination in Sharjah? Does it mean those driving should have 4-wheel / jeeps?
    3. Is there a contact number just in case?

    Thanks a bunch!!
    Tzu Wei

    August 12, 2013

    • Nitin

      Jason's number is posted below in the comments. No need for a 4WD. Follow the convoy from the gas station in your own car.

      August 12, 2013

  • Muhib Al A.

    i wonder if there is anyone passing by sharjah buhaira corniche OR SOMEWHERE NEAR BY
    i will appreciate a ride
    " space for two "

    August 12, 2013

  • Kelly-Anne B.

    Hello! I would really love to attend, however, have no transportation. I am in Dubai Marina, very close to JLT metro station (on Marina side). If there is anyone who is able to fit me in their car, please let me know! Thanks so much.

    August 12, 2013

    • Huzaifa

      I might have a friend coming from The Meadows....but we are going a little later than the official meet up time...so let me know if you are still interested....

      August 12, 2013

    • Owais Z.

      Hi Kelly the slot is available. I m in torch tower on marina. 0567059062. Txt me your address leaving around 715

      August 12, 2013

  • Mahesh M.

    Hi Guys.. Simple question to ask .. we all r planning to go n get some nyc pictures of stars wth meteros shower n we will also take long exposure pictures OR 100's of pictures in the interval of 20-30 seconds to get a "single star trail picture" or "time lapse video". But as we r going to a camp where some telescopes are also there, we all will be around +/-150 persons in camp at one place n there will be enough ambient light n lamp posts to walk around, we r coming out of city to get away from lamp post n city light but i might b wrong here but at camp also there will be alot of ambient light which will definitely ruin our long exposure pictures... need your views, comments n guidance on this issue..

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Kosala E.

      my main concern is the weather... yesterday was hazy..

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Mahesh M.

      Thnx Jason n Atif to clarify the point.

      August 12, 2013

  • Brenden R.

    Hi I will be coming from Jumeirah/bur dubai anyone interested to ride along can call me on[masked]

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • AT

      Hey brenden will see you there

      August 11, 2013

    • Brenden R.

      Hey see u there bro

      August 12, 2013

  • Omar A.

    Im going from silicon oasis if anyone wants a ride[masked]

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Keep your cloud repellents ready.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jaideep

    Hey all. Will be leaving from Bur Dubai. Solo.
    Wondering if a single seat is available ?
    Otherwise will drive myself ... And then can offer a ride to a few...

    August 11, 2013

  • Mostaforian

    Leaving from The Greens if anyone wants to join

    August 10, 2013

  • Hussein

    Just hopes that visibility will be good , since recently there is humidity ....

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • AT

    Oh its a full house ... Would be coming with +2,

    August 11, 2013

  • Amir

    could be a great gathering!

    August 11, 2013

  • Ammar F.

    Anyone from karama/burdubai area having place for 1?

    August 5, 2013

    • Ammar F.

      Will you be making it there nithin?

      August 10, 2013

    • Nitin

      I'm in. Ammar, I trust your number hasn't changed. I can meet you around 7:30 at Woodlands. Kosala, if you still want a ride, send me a message with your phone number and location information and we can hopefully figure something out.

      August 11, 2013

  • Huzaifa

    Will join directly at the camp site....however, will be coming late...have a friend tagging along with me...

    if anyone wants to join me....let me know...

    August 11, 2013

  • Owais Z.

    Anyone going from Dubai Marina area?

    August 5, 2013

    • Owais Z.

      Yeah sure

      August 10, 2013

    • dania s.

      thanks owais, i got a ride

      August 11, 2013

  • dania s.

    Hi, I wanted to check if there are anyone with free setas going from dubai? thanks

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Mostaforian

      Staying in the Greens, if you would like to join

      August 10, 2013

    • dania s.

      Hi what time are you leaving the greens to go to the camp?

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great well ask cousin to drive me out into the desert..

    August 11, 2013

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