Let us get together and shoot the night sky! The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City just opened up, and I think we should take advantage of the Fourth of July weekend to shoot it.
Friday night is the Macinaw City Fireworks over Lake Huron (I'll be up north for this, but this isn't the "official meetup" - just a bonus) - however you are welcome to join me for this. I'll be with my kids, and will NOT be giving tutorials, there are plenty of them online, but you are welcome to join me for the show.
Saturday night - we'll head over to the Dark Sky Park to shoot the night sky w/out any light pollution. Have you ever in your life seen the full night sky? I'm not sure I have.. I certainly haven't since childhood.
In May 2011, the Headlands became the sixth International Dark Sky Park in the United States and the ninth in the world. This 600-acre parcel of old-growth forest sits on more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline in Emmet County. Here you will find the darkest of skies, undiluted by light pollution and preserved in perpetuity by Emmet County. Monthly, free Dark Sky Park programs and special events are held at the Beach House and on the shoreline. Two large houses are available for rent as well, accommodating more than 20 each. Signs in the park direct visitors to designated Dark Sky Viewing areas. No camping, but the park is open 24/7 year 'round, with five miles of trails throughout the property. No entrance fee. Dazzling night sky for photographers, astronomers and dark-sky enthusiasts!.
For more information about the Headlands, please visit their website:
Transportation and Lodging is completely up to you. The Headlands Park is free to enter - and there is no camping there, but we can stay for "as long as we like". Also, We can drive all the way to the "dark park viewing area", so there's not a ton of hiking either.
You will NEED your tripod, and your external cable release cord (if you have one).
I will update this if I find out anything else.
You are welcome to stay anywhere up there that you'd like. Keep in mind, the further you are from Macinaw City the less your room is going to cost.. and there is always camping as well.
I am staying here:
Comfort Suites Mackinaw City
720 South Huron Street, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
NOTE: I am doubling up this Night Sky event with a nice weekend for my family as well. I only PROMISE to be available as "Photowalk Leader" for the actual photo shoot at The Headlands - the rest is up in the air. :)
For those interested in car pooling - I will set up a Discussion Group Page for you all to coordinate that with other members. (Link to Follow)