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Sunset and the Milky Way- June Edition

WEATHER PERMITTING-MUST BE CLEAR SKIES! I WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED WITH WEATHER REPORTS A DAY BEFORE

Let's take a trip and try our skills at shooting the sunset  over Lake George, then the Milky Way! One of the easiest astrophotography subjects to capture is also one of the most impressive: the Milky Way Galaxy. We will meet on the dock at the end of Ninemile Point Rd, Pierson FL 32180. There is a parking area and a portapotty!  For those who wish to carpool please list in the comment section what part of town you live and you can carpool amongst yourselves. I live in Argyle Forest and can take 2 more people in m car if interested.

If you use google maps, add another 15 minutes to your drive time. Ninemile Point Rd is 4 miles of bumpy road and it takes 15 minutes of slow driving to get to the end. Park in the lot marked "Lake George Forest Wildlife Management Area ". Be sure to bring bug spray and cover yourself in it. The bugs are bad. There are benches to sit down on and get your gear together at the dock.  

Here are some links to helpful hints on how to shoot and what to bring:
THINGS TO BRING:

TRIPOD

WIDE ANGLE LENS WITH HOOD

REMOTE CONTROL

ANKLE WEIGHT TO STEADY CAMERA

BUG REPELLANT

CLOSED IN SHOES and LONG PANTS TO PROTECT FROM BUG BITES

RED FLASHLIGHTS. YOU CAN COVER A REGULAR FLASHLIGHT WITH RED TAPE.

Here are some links to information you may find helpful:

http://www.lonelyspeck.com/how-to-make-an-amazing-photo-of-the-milky-way-galaxy/

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/

http://starcircleacademy.com/2012/06/milkyway/

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  • Debbie B.

    Great place for sunsets and the Milky Way if sky is clear!

    June 29, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Looking forward to seeing some awesome Milky Way shots.

    June 28, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      clouds, haze, sigh.....and then it rained :-(

      June 29, 2014

  • Jake

    Leaving soon looks like I might be a little late meet you there

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      We are running behind too due to Buckman accident

      June 28, 2014

  • Lauren Phillips A.

    Hi y'all! I didn't realize that this location wasn't in Jax so I didn't plan appropriately. My apologies and I'll try to make the next one!

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Here's an interesting web site the shows a map of light/dark areas around the country:

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

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    weather looks great and skies look clear! We are on for tonight!

    June 28, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it on Saturday. I hope the weather will clear for those that go. Have fun!!

    June 27, 2014

  • charlie b.

    vote for rescheduling. Tomorrow maybe better.

    June 27, 2014

  • charlie b.

    Going. Will probably leave Jax mid afternoon and explore the area somewhat. Any suggestions for places of photographic interest?

    June 27, 2014

    • Debbie B.

      there are some trails off the boardwalk, but not familiar with the area

      June 27, 2014

  • karen h.

    prefer another night ...weather is just not cooperating and didn't realize the milky way would not be visible until midnight...if we reschedule, perhaps you could add the timing for the milky way

    June 27, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    okay....after monitoring the weather closely with different sites, it doesn't look good for tonight. 90% cloud cover at sunset and 30% at midnight when the Milky Way would appear. We need clearer skies to see the stars. I don't know if we want to make a 2 hour drive for this. We could try to do it tomorrow night if the weather looks better. Let me know what you guys think.

    June 27, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    my number is[masked], but have no phone service at the site

    June 27, 2014

  • charlie b.

    Definite maybe for me.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    I'll call you tomorrow. If anyone else wants to go, my number is[masked]

    June 26, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Cherish, I can give you a ride. I'm near OP but can swing by. We'd have to leave around 5:30 or so to make it to the dock by 8pm. Does anyone else need a ride?

    1 · June 26, 2014

    • Cherish L.

      It's just me and whenever you think is best. My number is[masked]

      June 26, 2014

    • Cherish L.

      Thank you.

      June 26, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    after the sun sets, I will give a tutorial on camera settings for the Milky Way. So far the weather looks great!

    June 26, 2014

  • Cherish L.

    Really wanted to go to this but since my boyfriend gets off work at 10pm I can't use our car. If anyone lives near riverside I can help with gas money for a ride.

    June 26, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Okay, no problem Ilona. Perhaps someone else would like to carpool.

    June 25, 2014

  • Ilona T.

    I live at Orange Park Micheal, but I already made other plans, thanks anyway, have a great time.

    June 25, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Hi Ilona, your welcome to ride with me. I was also looking for a carpool. I live near Debbie. What part of town are you in?

    June 24, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    if the weather does not cooperate, plan B is to go see the fire spinners in San Marco @7pm. If it should clear up during the night maybe shoot the MilkyWay at Big Talbot in early morning Saturday.

    June 24, 2014

  • Ilona T.

    Ooops, just saw that you already taking 4 people...oh well....thanks anyway.

    June 24, 2014

  • Ilona T.

    Hi Debbie, can you take me... I loved all the links you put here...very helpful...I always wanted to get the milky way but I did not have a wide lens and now I have the one I took to fireworks Canon L[masked]mm. I would love to give it a try .... :-)

    June 24, 2014

  • Mary R.

    I hate to not attend my first activity but silly me neglected to look at the date. Seems my 8 year old has a birthday, Friday! Lol
    Y'all have a great time!

    June 22, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    Yea, that's a full car. Well, if anyone else wants to carpool, hit me up.

    June 22, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    I live in Argyle, but am taking 4 people in my car. There may be other who wish to carpool. I am hoping this won't be a bust and the weather will be perfect!

    June 22, 2014

  • Micheal C.

    There was someone in the Argyle area that wanted to carpool. I can do that. I live off of Rampart.

    June 22, 2014

  • Interbay

    Awesome!

    June 4, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    I have uploaded a guide to astrophotography in the files on our site. Go to the top of the page to "MORE" and drop down to "FILES". A lot of useful information! We can go over settings after we shoot the sunset while we are waiting for the Milky Way to make it's appearance!

    June 4, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    I updated the address and added some photos of the site. Dave and I took a ride out there today to check it out. I think we will get some awesome photos there!

    June 1, 2014

  • Elaine L.

    Good luck....wish I could go. My husband's family had a house on Lake George for years......it is beautiful out there.

    May 31, 2014

  • Debbie B.

    the dock ends at Lake George- a beautiful large lake that the stars will be reflecting on!

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Interbay

    Another commitment precludes me from attending this time. Will enjoy seeing photos and hearing about it when we meet at Cedar Key July 2014

    1 · May 31, 2014

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