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Milky Way in the Forest February Edition

WEATHER PERMITTING-MUST BE CLEAR SKIES!

 Let's go out to the forest and try our skills at shooting the Milky Way! One of the easiest astrophotography subjects to capture is also one of the most impressive: the Milky Way Galaxy. Here are some links to helpful hints on how to shoot and what to bring. We will meet at the gas station and caravan to the site.


THINGS TO BRING:
BUG REPELLANT
CLOSED IN SHOES-IT COULD BE MUDDY
WARM CLOTHING
RED FLASHLIGHTS. YOU CAN COVER A REGULAR FLASHLIGHT WITH RED TAPE.
THIS IS AN ASTRONOMERS SITE AND THERE MAY BE SOME THERE. PLEASE BE MINDFUL AND DON'T USE REGULAR FLASHLIGHTS AS THEY WILL RUIN YOUR NIGHTVISION


Here are some links to information you may find helpful:
http://improvephotography.com/5955/how-to-photograph-the-milky-way/

http://www.davidkinghamphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ten-steps-to-photograph-the-milky-way

http://www.davidkinghamphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ten-steps-to-photograph-the-milky-way

http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/

HERE IS THE LINK TO WHERE WE ARE GOING: PLEASE READ AS IT INCLUDES THEIR RULES!
http://nefas.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=36

********IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF THE DARK YOU MAY WANT TO PASS ON THIS******

We will meet at the Flash Foods gas station and head to Sanderson. The directions to that site are as follows:
I-10 east to exit 327(Sanderson)
Turn left on 229
Keep going until you reach Rt 90 and go over the railroad tracks (there will be a small convenience store to the right. Take the first left as soon as you cross over the tracks
Make the next right turn and you will continue on 229.
Continue about 6 miles until you see a brown sign "Osceola Wildlife Management Area" you will go .6 miles past that sign
Turn right at on 276-this sign is very small and you may miss it if you are not looking. This is a hard sand road
You will continue until you see a sign "POND ACCESS" the road may not be accessible so you can park on the road where you came in and walk back. I am including a link to my photo album on Facebook when I went out there in the daytime to scope it out
https://www.facebook.com/debbie.s.bounds/media_set?set=a.10200659342145857&type=3

Hope to see you there! This place is amazing and very little light noise. You will see more stars than you normally see!

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  • Debbie B.

    Did anyone find a pair of binoculars that night in a hard black case? Ed Martin lost a pair adjacent to the lake. Please let me know if you found them so we can get these back to him. He is a birder and uses them frequently. Thanks!

    March 12, 2014

  • Robert H.

    At the meeting last week at Station Creek they said, The location we are going to is mostly used by ASTRONOMERS. We need to respect them. He said the white light would bother their telescopes etc. He said we need to use a small red light to see to set up the settings on our cameras.
    The ankle weights add wait to the camera lessening the effect the shutter movment will have on the camera. See, I did listen.

    3 · February 2, 2014

    • April Davis K.

      Robert, I'm curious about the settings you used to capture those amazing photos last Friday. Also, were you there earlier than the rest of the crew - - did that make a difference? Thanks!

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • Robert H.

      April I was there very early. I don't think it helped with photographing the stars. I used a Canon 7D, and 3 lens. Tamron[masked]mm, Canon 10-22mm and a Rokain 8mm fisheye. Most of the photos were taken at 30 sec, f3.5, widest mm, iso 3200 and 6400. White balance daylight. I changed every thing often. This was my first time trying to photograph stars. I hope we can do this often as it will take a lot to learn it.

      March 4, 2014

  • April Davis K.

    Deborah, what an amazing photo you took over the ocean!! Makes getting up early so worth it!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Rohan R.

    Good location nearby Jacksonville.

    March 2, 2014

  • Michael

    Had a great time and met some new people. Looking forward to doing this again.

    March 1, 2014

  • Interbay

    Great time, wonderful folks who attended and skies were magnificent

    March 1, 2014

  • Greg W.

    Great shoot...looking forward to getting better at this.

    March 1, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    Nice clear skies, had a great time seeing and not seeing everyone, lol....it was so dark! Great meeting new folks!

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Dave B

    Had a great time shooting away at the dark sky. interested and interesting good-natured crowd. Can't wait to see your best shots. Night photography no easy matter. Will see what I've got and post this weekend.

    March 1, 2014

    • Rohan R.

      Same here Dave. As you said, just can't wait to see the images.. and share mine too!

      March 1, 2014

  • Rohan R.

    Hello .. it was great to meet you all. I had a great time under the star lit skies!

    March 1, 2014

  • Laryssa

    Had a great time thanks Debbie and Dave for leading the way

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • April Davis K.

    Can I just say how excited I am to be doing this? I Fractured my elbow on Wednesday and am bringing my daughter to operate the camera, just so I can participate!

    February 28, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      so sorry about your elbow, glad you have reinforcements!

      1 · February 28, 2014

  • Elaine L.

    It like you should have a great night for it.....hope you get some great pictures....wish I could have made it.

    February 28, 2014

  • Lauren Phillips A.

    We are leaving to go out of town on Sunday and need to stay and pack tonight. We'll meet y'all next time around! :)

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    Just an FYI , with all the rain, the Pond Access Rd may be muddy, so we won't be driving down that. We will park on the main dirt road and walk back to the pond area. Also, wear shoes that can take the mud-just in case! If you are unable to make this please update your RSVP, thanks :-)

    February 26, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      Jeff, Nik found out The Milky way will go SE to NW right over the top!

      February 28, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      I got some mens work boots. Dave wanted me to wear these HUGE yellow boots and I would have looked like a clown, lol

      February 28, 2014

  • Mickey

    Stopped by the site on way home from work. The road in is high and dry. You may get a little mud on the shoes from little road to pond, but perfect around the pond.

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • Laryssa

    Skys look clear and meetup is finally back up. Are we a go on this tonight

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    the weather is shaping up and I am hoping for a clear sky! I am bringing some red tape for those who need to convert their regular flashlights to red ones. Also we will be meeting in the empty lot across the street from the Flash Foods gas station. There is more room over there for us. Try to have your cameras already set up with tripod mounts attached and settings. It's easier to do this in the light than wait until we get out there where it is pitch black! I am so excited I can't stand it!!! I am also working on a new spot for us for April or May that is even darker!

    3 · February 25, 2014

    • Mickey

      I actually live only miles from the site...So I will meet y'all out there. So excited!!

      February 26, 2014

    • April Davis K.

      I'm so thrilled to be doing this! And psyched that it's on a Friday night this time!

      February 26, 2014

  • Mike

    Does anyone have the GPS coordinates to the shoot location. It will be much easier for me to meet the group there :)

    February 13, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      that's good that Mike will be there. This is a place you don't want to be alone at, it's intimidating at first being out in no mans land and the darkness!

      February 21, 2014

    • Vanessa D.

      You've got that right, Debbie :-). I'll see you guys there!

      February 21, 2014

  • Interbay

    If you are looking for a budget mind headlamp, check out the Home Depot. Just looking at HD website and stock several under $5 which has the red filter.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Well,, I finally found a flash light with a red lens. I also went to Sports Academy and got a set of 5 lb. ankle weights. YES! They have velcro straps on them and when strapped together they fit good on the camera. I Dough out my intervolumeter and manual. I finally learned to set it to wait 10 seconds, then open the shutter for 1 sec, and repeat that ever 1 minute for 5 minutes. any way it worked.
    I'm looking forward to this meet up.

    February 1, 2014

    • Ed M.

      Bob told me that is needed because to see in forest dark need this instead of white light becaue goal is to eliminate white light as it interferes with camera lens and the shots we will take. Goal is for as dark as possible thus this forest location I suspect.a may be able to get this black and adecker flshlight Bob bought at wallmart or find one online via a search.

      February 1, 2014

    • Ed M.

      The weights he is referring to are for weighting down the camera so it won't move and blur the shot. It should be very steady to get a good shot. So plan some way to make your tripod/camera very steady. Finally the shutter open time and sequece he is referring to is to try to be able to hold the shutter open a long time and take multiple shots without disturbing the shutter causing movement in the shot.

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Aneesh H.

    Debbie : are we still on with this ? The weather is in later 30s and early 40s ..... ! I might skip if the weather is bad ... Just recovering from a sinus and cold I had ... Don't wanna get sick again ! Can we reschedule ... And it's all rainy looks like ... Not sure !

    January 29, 2014

    • Ed M.

      Someone said it now shows 28th as the date. To cold too many clouds maybe Thursday. Is it Thursday or 28th?

      January 29, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      I cancelled for Jan 30 and rescheduled for Feb 28. Weather is not good for tomorrow night. Sorry for the confusion

      1 · January 29, 2014

  • Robert H.

    I see it now says 02-28-2014. Is the outing for tomorrow night still on?

    January 29, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      I sent an email cancelling the event tomorrow night. I hope it went through. I am rescheduling for next month. Cloud cover is 90% tomorrow night, so not a good night for viewing stars. Sorry for the confusion Robert

      January 29, 2014

  • Lizette M. C.

    I have the flu so will not be able to make it this time

    January 29, 2014

  • Robert H.

    What time are we meeting at 7905 Devoe Street, Jacksonville, FL?

    January 27, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    Unfortunately we can't change the night of the new moon, but we do have another event in July where it does fall on a Saturday!

    January 25, 2014

  • Chris

    too bad its not on a weekend.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    My cell is[masked] in case you need to call or text

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • April Davis K.

    This sounds awesome!

    December 13, 2013

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