Jun 2, 2012 · 8:45 PM
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Star trails, Mountains lit up by moonlight, MoonBow (if there is enough mist/spray) and whatever you want to take a picture of in Yosemite (MilkyWay won't be visible).This is a one night event.
Event RSVP, attendance and limit:
I'm tracking no Shows for this event. Guests are not permitted.
If you change to a "NO" status less than 3 days prior to the event you are counted as a No-Show. (i.e. after May 30th , 9:00 PM)
+ various hotels/motels/lodges in Buck meadows and Groveland on Hwy120 several miles before entering the park (use google maps and/or other hotel finders)
What you need:
- DSLR with wide angle lens of focal length 24-50mm, lower than 24mm could be a plus. and standard zoom lens
- 1-2 spare charged camera batteries
- sturdy/solid tripod where nothing wiggles or is lose
- remote/cable release for long exposures (or something to keep the shutter open for more than 30s)
- for taking star trails you need an intervalometer
- flash light with charged batteries
- red light! (or flash light that can be switched to red light)
- comfy and warm shoes, warm layered clothing, knit hat, light gloves
- water, snacks
- If you do star trails pointing North, they'll usually take at least a couple hours, so think of something you want to do in the meantime and need to bring
Sunrise: 5:38am Sunset: 8:15pm
Moonset: 3:57am (Illumination 96%) Moonrise: 6:38pm Moonset(Sunday): 4:49am
Civil 5:07am 8:46pm
Nautical: 4:29am 9:25pm
Astron': 3:46am 10:07pm
Carpooling strongly recommended
Parking in the park is free. But there is a National Park fee per vehicle of $20 (valid for a week).
Q&A about night photography: http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/8314753
If you want to do star trails and haven't done it yet you may want to read up on that, there are plenty of blogs etc. about that on the Internet.