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Comet Chasers: What is ISON and how do we shoot it?

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Well... that may not be entirely accurate, but if you haven't heard, there's a comet heading our way and it's bringing with it some great photo opportunities! Join us for an evening of discussion and prep work to make sure you're ready to go out and capture comet ISON.

For more information on ISON:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2012_S1 and http://www.universetoday.com/104818/comet-ison-a-viewing-guide-from-now-to-perihelion/

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  • Art S.

    Is it true that ISON has become dust as of December 2?

    December 2, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Latest images and analysis I've seen from NASA make it seem that way.

      December 2, 2013

  • Fred B.

    So I am reading the comet flew to close to the sun and was destroyed. Is this true?

    November 30, 2013

    • Jon B.

      It's not clear at this point. Something "bad" definitely happened to it (either lost some big chunks or boiled off or a number of other things), but there are indications that some part of it survived the trip. Right now, NASA and others are working on looking at the data and trying to figure out what happened and what the surviving chunk is going to do. Best place for "official" news on it is probably the NASA site: http://www.nasa.gov/i...­

      November 30, 2013

  • Jon B.

    Much appreciated, everyone! Due to the popularity of the subject and all the questions I've gotten I've made the presentation (both slides and audio) available for download here: http://jonbeard.com/blog/2013/11/slides-from-comet-ison-presentation/

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Sharyn O.

    was a great Meetup Jon, thanks again for sharing your knowledge...

    November 20, 2013

  • Art S.

    AOL just published a link to an article about Comet ISON on their home page which shows some of the same news and photos that Jon told us about and gave us a look at last night (so nice to have connections with those in the know): http://weather.aol.com/2013/11/19/look-dazzling-new-photo-of-comet-ison/

    November 19, 2013

  • Teresa

    Thanks for the great information Jon!

    November 19, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Great presentation Jon, learned a lot!

    November 19, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Thanks Jon for the great presentation on ISON. Looking forward to getting out and shooting it.

    November 19, 2013

  • Linda C.

    That was great Jon. All good information to pull us into space! Thanks.

    November 19, 2013

  • Becki W.

    Thanks Jon - as always you were VERY prepared and provided us with useful information. I also like the fact that you show us how to accomplish our goal with the equipment we have!

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Glen M.

    Superb presentation.

    November 19, 2013

  • Jake A.

    Lots of good information as usual and nice to see new members out too.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • riley t

    Very well prepare and excellently delivered. Solid information. Regrettably, I'm traveling during the comet visit. I'll have to try look for it.
    Again, like everyone here, I have to say "Jon, great job!" Thanks.

    November 18, 2013

  • Sandra W.

    I have a much greater appreciation for ISON and what it has been through and what lies ahead--for ISON and those of us who want to capture our brief moment in time with it.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Karen E.

    Great. Learned a lot.

    November 18, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Great job Jon....very informative.

    November 18, 2013

  • TK S.

    Excellent presentation, Jon! Especially helpful to me were the compositional considerations with photos and settings. And to think that I just wanted to take a photo of the moon......now I want to be an astronaut! My curiosity and excitement for learning about the night skies is revving up, just like ISON! Thanks again!

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Jean Poff G.

    Great learning meetup. Thanks Jon!

    November 18, 2013

  • Art S.

    Very informative presentation about comets in general and comet ISON in particular.

    November 18, 2013

  • Steve C.

    Excellent! Jon, as usual, did a great job!!!

    November 18, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Stuck at work, won't be able to make it today

    November 18, 2013

  • Kathryn F.

    As usual, work is going to mess this up. :(

    November 18, 2013

  • Tony M.

    I'd planned to be there but I've got a portrait shoot that is scheduled for this evening, and I'd never make the 1:45 drive afterwards to get there in time.

    November 18, 2013

  • Rose Mary C.

    Probably not going to make it to the Park and Ride by 5:30pm due to work. Will just drive separate if I think I'll get there in time. :-(

    November 18, 2013

    • riley t

      Sorry to miss you.
      See you there.
      riley

      November 18, 2013

  • Lynne R.

    Still dog sitting, can't attend this evening :(

    November 18, 2013

  • Michael O.

    It looks like I will be able to make it.

    November 17, 2013

  • Regina W.

    Out of town.

    November 17, 2013

  • June -.

    DANG! Work going on at house will prevent me from attending :-(

    November 16, 2013

  • Brian S.

    Anyone going to try this with film? I haven't had many good shots with night pictures. Anyone got any ideas on what works for night sky shooting?

    November 13, 2013

    • Art S.

      Brian, here is a link to a flickr image I scanned in from a print of a comet photo I shot on film 16 years ago (you can see the comet on the left side of the tree) http://www.flickr.com...­­ it was a 30 second exposure with the 50mm lens wide open at f2.8 aperture on Kodak[masked] Multi-Speed film.

      November 13, 2013

    • Art S.

      Here is a little more of the info on the 1997 photo that I wrote on the back of the photo: This is an original photograph taken by Art Sellers on April 8, 1997. I took this picture of the Hale-Bopp comet at the Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg, Virginia. It was about 10:00 at night with a 10 second delay then a 30 second exposure which gave me time to flash the electronic flash. As a matter of fact on some exposures, I flashed as many as three times: once to the left, once to the right, and once toward the branches. I had no idea at the time how the image would look on film but I kind of like the ghostly effect the last flash had on the branches.

      November 13, 2013

  • riley t

    Karen,
    Want to ride together?
    -r

    November 11, 2013

    • Karen E.

      Yes, please. I'll be at the Park and Ride 5:30PM. Thanks.

      November 12, 2013

    • riley t

      See ya ...

      November 12, 2013

  • Jean Poff G.

    Sure Riley. I would love a ride. Meet you at the park and ride at what time?

    November 11, 2013

  • riley t

    Linda, wanna join?

    November 11, 2013

    • Linda C.

      Thanks for asking. I have plans in Roanoke for the afternoon so will be coming from that direction. Will see you all there.

      November 12, 2013

    • riley t

      Ok.

      November 12, 2013

  • Rose Mary C.

    Sounds great!

    November 12, 2013

  • riley t

    Oh, 5:30 PM.

    November 12, 2013

  • riley t

    Jean,
    Are you in?
    -r

    November 11, 2013

  • riley t

    Rose Mary:
    I'll be at the 460/I81 Park&Ride at 5:30 PM.
    -r

    November 11, 2013

  • Rose Mary C.

    Sure thing! I'll be headed to Radford afterward, though, and not back into Bburg/Cburg. Could we meet at the Park and Ride at Falling Branch near the interstate?

    November 11, 2013

  • riley t

    share a ride to Salem from Blacks / Christians -burgs, is anyone interested?

    November 11, 2013

  • Tony M.

    Nevermind just noticed you didn't plan to shoot it on the 13th, but discuss how. Gotcha.

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Right. This is to get everyone organized and ready to go. When the time get close enough for some long range weather, we'll schedule some meetups where we go out and shoot it.

      3 · October 25, 2013

  • Tony M.

    From what I'm reading it may not be visible to the naked eye until closer to the 28th? They say the darkest areas may begin to be able to spot it with the naked eye by the 10th, but I don't think Salem qualifies as darkest for sky viewing...

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it....will be out of town that weekend.

    October 22, 2013

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