A Night at the Observatory with Star Trails - UNH

  • July 16, 2013 · 8:30 PM
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Thanks to Ken for suggesting this idea and making this night possible once again. We have a special opportunity to fit our cameras to the UNH telescope and and shoot the planets.

NOTE: Overcast or obscured skies will postpone this meetup until the following evening, Wednesday, July 10th.We will call a postponement no less than five hours before the meetup starts.

I'll have the required adapter for the telescope, as well as the adapter rings for Nikon, Canon, and most Sony dSLRs. Sorry; Pentax, Leica, non-dSLR, and other mounts are unavailable but you may be able to secure an adapter through telescope supply companies, or from your favorite adapter company such as Fotodiox.

It takes about 15 minutes for each person to set up the adapters and start shooting. We'll have extra adapter rings available for the person on deck can get prepared quicker. In the past, we've saved a great deal of time by leaving one good camera body attached to the scope while we swap cards in to allow everyone to get a good deal of shots without having to waste time swapping and adjusting cameras.

We will use the area around the observatory for nighttime and star trail shots. If you're interested, bring a sturdy tripod and a remote trigger, and be familiar with how to operate your camera in the dark.

The group will be limited to fifteen so everyone get plenty of time to shoot.

Directions
Essentially, coming off of Route 4 from the north, make a left off 155A (Concord Road/Main Street) onto Spinney Lane, then make a right onto Spinney Lane (straight is O'Kane St) to get to the observatory. If you're coming north on Route 108 from Exeter, make a left onto 155A toward downtown Durham, make a right onto Spinney from Main Street/Concord Road, and then a right onto Spinney again where O'Kane splits off. There are some signs as you get close, and you should park in the dirt parking lot and walk in. Please come early, as all parking lot lights are shut off when we begin - and it will be dark.

Important Info to Consider
There are no bathrooms and there is no heat. Although it's July, it's also nighttime in NH, so be sure to bring layers in case the temps drop. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in nearby downtown Durham where you can use the facilities before we begin. Bring a flashlight with a red gel or filter, but be prudent in its use - even small amount of light may ruin someone's outdoor night shot.

 

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  • Jill M.

    Is there another one planed for anytime soon?

    July 18, 2013

    • John

      Not yet. Ken will announce it when it's planned.

      July 18, 2013

  • Jackie C.

    nice

    July 18, 2013

  • Ysanne H.

    It was great. Got some really fun shots of the moon and it was really informative. Just a FYI everyone...Pluto is not a planet! :) Thank you so much to John, John, and Rob for taking the time to help me with my pics! :)

    July 17, 2013

  • JC F.

    Wonderful learning experience

    July 17, 2013

  • Jack B.

    Great, My moon images came out great

    July 17, 2013

  • Darlene B.

    informative as well as fun

    July 17, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I am already two hours into my trip up there

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Ken

      See you soon.

      July 16, 2013

  • Ken

    I spoke with the professor in charge of the observatory, he is concerned about thunderstorms. I will keep you posted on the status of the shoot. For those of you traveling a distance please check the weather and decide if you want to make the journey. If you do travel here and the weather cancels the shoot you can still find photographic opportunities at UNH on your own. Ken

    July 16, 2013

  • Jamie C.

    John any chance i can come if im on the wait list?

    July 15, 2013

    • John

      We hope to do more and hope to have you there for a future one. If you're coming just for the star trails, join us. It's attachment to the scope in the observatory that's tightly controlled.

      July 16, 2013

    • Jamie C.

      what time do you you plan on starting the trails?

      July 16, 2013

  • JC F.

    Hi -
    I just received an email that there is a space open and to respond if I am still interested. I guess I was first on the wait list? Yes, I'd love to!

    Not sure if I am responding to the right place or not?...
    thanks!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • aRLENE T.

      Enjoy! I just couldn't make tonight work but it makes me happy to make you happy!

      July 16, 2013

  • Jeanette C.

    Do you have an adapter for a Minolta X700? I asked earlier but didn't see a reply or I missed it.

    July 15, 2013

  • aRLENE T.

    I just can't make this date work for me. I hope I make someone's day right now and maybe I'll earn a spot on the next time there! It's a once in a life time opportunity...enjoy!

    July 15, 2013

  • Jeanette C.

    Hi John. Thank you for responding. I hope Ken will be able to. I was going to try to do a star trail shoot on my own. I have taken pictures of fireworks so I know what to do. I know I have to be away from any town lights and head into the countryside with a large clearing. But how long do I leave the shutter open?

    July 15, 2013

    • John

      Depends on ho long you want the trails. Couple seconds for pinpoint stars, and up to 10 hours or more for long trails. Or, a series of short shots sewn together using star trail stitching software.

      July 15, 2013

  • Jeanette C.

    Hi John. Is there any plans in motion for the waiting list photographers?

    July 12, 2013

    • John

      We don't have a second date yet, but Ken may set something up soon.

      July 12, 2013

    • Ken

      The new day has been set. July 16th

      July 12, 2013

  • Ken

    The new date is July 16th.

    July 12, 2013

  • aRLENE T.

    Tonight still a go?

    July 9, 2013

    • Ken

      We held off as long as possible hoping for clear skies. It will be reschedule asap.

      July 9, 2013

    • aRLENE T.

      thanks, Ken. I'll stay on list please. aRLENE

      July 9, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Is this meetup still taking place Even though it's cloudy?

    July 9, 2013

    • Ken

      We held off as long as possible hoping for clear skies. It will be reschedule asap.

      July 9, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Thanks a lot for letting me know before I drove entirely there. I'm definitely in for the next scheduled trip. Please keep me on the list.

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Stacey G

    Do we know when/if this will be postponed to tmr night? The clouds are pretty thick her ein boston so i just wasnt sure what the skies look like in NH...

    July 9, 2013

    • Ken

      We held off as long as possible hoping for clear skies. It will be reschedule asap.

      July 9, 2013

  • Ken

    Due to weather conditions the event is postponed. We will reschedule for a future date when we get clearance from UNH.

    July 9, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Does anyone want to meet In the area for dinner before?

    July 9, 2013

  • Thanh T.

    I am trying to sign up but can't find the button!

    July 9, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Hooefully someone can grab my spit, can't get to the area in time fir the event. Jim

    July 9, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    A family issue has cropped up and I am unable to attend. Truly disappointed.

    July 9, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Family obligations abound! Have fun y'all!

    July 8, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I drove up 2hours for the last scheduled shoot but it was canceled. I only just now realized that this event was being offered again. It seems there's no chance I can make it since so many people are on the waiting list already

    July 3, 2013

  • Amanda

    Looking to get a camera. What do you recommend?

    June 28, 2013

    • John

      That's not easily answered, Amanda, but a good question for the next monthly meeting. Plan on spending $300-$7,000 for an SLR kit, $500-$8,000 for digital rangefinder style. Since equipment contributes little to the image, figure on the very low end of the ranges when starting out.

      1 · June 29, 2013

    • aRLENE T.

      Amanda, I researched, planned, dreamed, and ended up taking my brothers advice and bought a Nikon D5200 for $1000 sale 5 weeks ago and for this avid amateur photographer, I am in love!

      June 29, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Hey John, since I will be in Newfields beforehand . . . but I'm using a Canon EOS 50D with the larger memory cards . . . will they be compatible with the camera mounted to the telescope, or do I need to get another memory card?

    June 26, 2013

    • John

      Attached cameras will support CF and SD cards, though most likely one at a time.

      June 26, 2013

  • Jill M.

    Add me to the wait list please

    June 24, 2013

  • Ysanne H.

    I have an Olympus E-500...what kind of adapter would I need to do this? I barely know what an adapter is!! Thanks!!

    June 19, 2013

    • Ken

      I do not know Olympus products. You need an adapter to fit on the telescope, I would contact Olympus.

      June 21, 2013

    • John

      I sent the adapter to get via Amazon to Ysanne via email

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • Glenn P.

    Missed last year because of the weather - lets hope for better results this year!!!

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Kirsten B.

    Very excited!

    June 19, 2013

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