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Astrophotography - comet ISON

  • Queen's Head - http://www.queenshead­.se/

    Drottninggatan 108, Stockholm (map)

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  • Comet ISON will continue to brighten throughout November as it nears its late November perihelion (closest point to our sun). The comet is going to reach visibility to the unaided eye about three weeks before the November 28 perihelion date.

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  • GuruMeditation

    OK i'll do this since none is doing it!

    R.I.P. comet beer! Tuesday 10th of December 2013!

    @Qeen's Head Pub - all the info on the website below!
    http://www.queenshead.se/

    Good Belgium beers here! We will discuss about Astrophotography and make some new friends hopefully!

    I hope someone will back me up!
    Regards,
    Tom

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Arturo

      Sorry, I already have a commitment on Tuesday. Have fun!

      December 4, 2013

    • GuruMeditation

      Should maybe recreate a new event for everyone to join? Just sort of photography chat

      December 6, 2013

  • Monica S.

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    December 6, 2013

  • GuruMeditation­ changed the date and time to Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    December 4, 2013

  • December 4, 2013

  • Daniel

    Everything I have read so far indicates it is dead. There is some dust but at best that will provide a meteor shower at some point.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/12/comet-ison-doesnt-appear-to-have-survived-its-journey-around-the-sun.html

    They're giving an obituary. Dead at 4.5 billion years old.

    December 4, 2013

  • Arturo

    So...... How about if we meet to take some night skies photography somewhere in the outskirts of Stockholm with low light pollution this weekend? If the skies are clear.

    December 4, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Is it still even visible? I thought it died? Either way i'm in

    December 4, 2013

  • GuruMeditation

    Hello Again,

    following up what has been said so far I think that if we want to make a "community event" we should be in the city center. How ISON will behave is unsure yet, but keep in mind that could be so bright that it can be seen even during the daylight (as well as it may as well be a total fail)

    For a clean sky, even moving our outside Stockholm wont help that much, unless you really travel away and climb in altitude. Personally I will be up in the mountains in December to take good pictures of the night sky, therefore i am happy as well to be in Stockholm city if the comet will be visible.

    In alternative, we may consider creating 2 events:

    1) Hardcore cold sky watcher (outside Stockholm) 2) Social sky watcher (inside Stockholm) + beer


    For those interested in option 1) and have never experienced taking pictures at night in the cold, I would recommend equipping with very good gear(not to freeze after 1h) and a steady tripod(for windy nights).

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Daniel

      lol Yeah those are good too but I actually meant an equatorial mount. Regardless it looks like the comet has survived the trip around the sun. So far at least. If it puts on a show we should not only be able to see it at night but during the day too. It should not be hard to find. They have an early prediction of a magnitude of -1 which is close to as bright as the brightest star Sirius.

      http://www.isoncampai...­

      The thing with this comet is it is only going to visible for a limited time and with any luck it will be even brighter than Hale Bopp was.

      We'll still want to get out of the city for a good view though.

      1 · November 28, 2013

    • Arturo

      Well, I am ready to pack camera and run. I travelling week 51, so I just hope that we do something before or after that week.

      November 28, 2013

  • Trevor

    Hej ho. Is there any one in the Nykoping area who would like to do this at a local spot?. As I can't get to Stockholm.

    November 26, 2013

  • Arturo

    This is not an everyday event. Light pollution from city downtown will not make good photography from the comet feasble.
    It requires extra effort.
    This is link to a site for light pollution.
    http://www.blue-marble.de/nightlights/2012

    Perhaps there is a spot no so far from the city with low light pollution, and a few cars to commut people? There is space for 3 more in my car.

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Arturo

      No, According to what I read, the best time to view it with "naked eyes" will be Nov - Jan. After that you will need greater optics.

      November 25, 2013

    • Arturo

      I have included a link to identify light pollution. I believe that near shore towards north about an hour away on a clear new moon night it should be acceptable conditions.

      November 25, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    A car rental between a group of 5 is possible too. I wouldn't mind doing that

    November 25, 2013

  • Ingmar

    I'm agree. This place is good. and if we cant see comet then we can shoot Stockholm view! :)

    November 24, 2013

  • GuruMeditation

    Hello, I'd like to discuss the possible location:

    The ideal would be away from Stockholm and away from light pollution. However I think this could be just a trouble for the majority, therefore I would suggest a place in central Stockholm.

    Here:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=59.320356,18.050093&num=1&t=h&z=20

    This hill in central Stockholm, is effectively one of the highest location of the city. This would give us a view without objects obstructing the horizon. Additionally the location is very beautiful and allows for outstanding shoreline pictures ( I took this one here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whereistom/8383502444/)

    The closest T-Bana stop is Zinkensdamm 7 minutes walk away.
    Blue Bus 4 also stops there.

    Feedback & comments are welcome!

    November 24, 2013

  • ziko

    Strong maybe, depends upon receiving my camera :)

    NOTE ALL:
    need a little photography advice.
    I am buying Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm Nikor VR kit lens. if I pay additional 1200 SEK, I can get a[masked]mm Nikor VR lens. Dose it worth buying the extra lens with that price? or shall I buy a better lens later.

    Thanks

    November 12, 2013

    • Jeffrey

      Kit lenses aren't bad for what they're worth, keep in mind you won't get much of VR zoom lense for 1200Kr, so there will be a bigger investment needed down the line. So the question is, can you save up for a really good zoom lense later, or live with the kit lense for a little longer and then pick up a better lense as needed

      November 13, 2013

    • ziko

      good question. i thought of using 18-55mm kit lens for a while, improve my photography a bit and then invest more money on a good zoom lens down the line. would appreciate comments on my thoughts from experienced photographers, I am barely a beginner.

      November 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys,

    Where and when is this happening?

    Thanks.

    October 22, 2013

    • Dani

      Yes, we need a date!

      November 13, 2013

  • Jens Erik E.

    If I'm home that day - not traveling - I will participate!

    October 8, 2013

  • GuruMeditation­ removed the location. It was Hermans Restaurant

    October 5, 2013

  • 曼力王 changed the location to Hermans Restaurant

    October 5, 2013

  • Dani

    Very nice! I would like to ask what will be the appropriate equipement to take the best pictures. I have a Canon 500D, the 18-55mm[masked] IS and the[masked]mm[masked] IS. They don't have a big aperture so night pictures are not that good.
    Takar!!

    September 26, 2013

    • GuruMeditation

      *solid

      September 27, 2013

    • Dani

      Many thanks for the suggestion!

      September 30, 2013

  • Trevor

    I do my best to be there sound like fun keep me up to date as to when and where. Have a hour driver to stockholm place for one from Nyköping.

    September 23, 2013

  • GuruMeditation

    ...forgot to mention, that is could also be a big fail if all the ice sheet is melted, it is just a rock :-)

    August 3, 2013

  • GuruMeditation

    Hello Everyone,

    If ISON will survive the sun will be very bright, probably same magnitude of the Moon. Therefore it will be visible even with light pollution in Stockholm. However it may happen that the comet will split in several chunks. This should create a fantastic scenery with multiple "comet trails" crossing the sky but with lower intensity. Therefore, i would suggest to wait until we will know if the comet survived the Sun (and in which conditions) before setting up a location.

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hej allihopa! I am looking for a volunteer to take some pics of the situation of homeless people over the weekend in order to support my proposal for a new organization. I could do it myself but I don't have an appropriate camera for that so I would like someone ith a pro camera. Anyone interested? Please contact me directly here: [masked] Thank you in advance!

    June 28, 2013

  • G Ricardo Aponte M

    Sounds interesting! I´d like to join! I can suggest a location nearby Dalarö, but we have to get information about the best places around Stockholm to have good pics hopefully! Anyone?

    June 23, 2013

  • GuruMeditation

    Hello, i would like to suggest this meet-up. Not sure this is the way to do it tho... ;-)

    June 20, 2013

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