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Author Topic: Photography Lesson DO  (Read 197495 times)

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #380 on: January 08, 2014, 10:11:43 AM »
So like the Lake George area would be good? (I'm just trying to get a handle on how far of a drive we're talking about)

Lake George is probably horrible. Far too bright. We have to get to the middle of nowhere really.

I can't check it at work, but at home I'll be able to check the dark sky map and have a location in five minutes.

As far as drive I'd say less than 4 hours, it's not really doable if it's any longer.
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #381 on: January 08, 2014, 10:13:07 AM »
Peak aurora activity is generally past 2am. So leave early evening, and head back maybe 4ish?

It's tough on a weekday, pity it isn't on motzei shabbos.:(

And remember - far too often aurora shoots are a bust. Not trying to be a party pooper, just making sure everyone understands...
Not sure if it would work for me will probably need to be at work by 8 and figure the Adirondacks is around 4 hour drive If we left 4ish I would never make it back in time. :( maybe another time.

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #382 on: January 08, 2014, 10:13:52 AM »
Lake George is probably horrible. Far too bright. We have to get to the middle of nowhere really.

I can't check it at work, but at home I'll be able to check the dark sky map and have a location in five minutes.

As far as drive I'd say less than 4 hours, it's not really doable if it's any longer.
lets talk tonight when u have a location.

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #383 on: January 08, 2014, 10:15:42 AM »
lets talk tonight when u have a location.

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #384 on: January 08, 2014, 10:17:05 AM »
And approval from my wife ;D
after we talk I need to get the same if its doable.

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #385 on: January 08, 2014, 10:19:07 AM »

Lake George is probably horrible.
I figured, that why I said Lake George area, meaning about that far out...




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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #386 on: January 08, 2014, 10:23:22 AM »
Aghhhh don't know how I missed this thread all week. Just added myself at the end.
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #387 on: January 08, 2014, 11:14:24 AM »
Lake George is probably horrible. Far too bright. We have to get to the middle of nowhere really.

I can't check it at work, but at home I'll be able to check the dark sky map and have a location in five minutes.

As far as drive I'd say less than 4 hours, it's not really doable if it's any longer.
Lake Placid?

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #388 on: January 08, 2014, 11:16:39 AM »
Lake Placid?
That's like 5 hours away. Almost at the border...

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #389 on: January 08, 2014, 11:19:55 AM »
Ill go. Do we get super powers from seeing it ?

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #390 on: January 08, 2014, 11:39:32 AM »
What do we need to bring along?
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #391 on: January 08, 2014, 01:44:31 PM »
What do we need to bring along?

Toe warmers! :)

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #392 on: January 08, 2014, 02:05:08 PM »
So here’s the lowdown:
 
NOAA is predicting a KP up to 7. That means that anything 52.2° magnetic north could possibly see the aurora overhead. Locations from 47.2° should see it on the horizon, with the display getting higher and higher overhead the more north you are.
 
The southern part of the Adirondacks  (Lake Pleasant area) is at about 52.25° - absolutely perfect. That night sky there has a Limiting Magnitude of 7.1-7.5, which is the second to darkest rating – again, perfect. Driving time from Brooklyn is 4:10.
 
There’s one location closer to the city with a decent LM, and that’s Pepacton Reservoir NW of Liberty in the Catskills. It’s a 2:45 drive from NY, but not only is it a low altitude, it’s also about 1-1.5° further south in latitude. That means that if (and it’s a big “if”) the KP 7 pans out, there may[i/] be something to see. If the KP is any lower, there probably won’t be anything much, while there may still be a chance up in the Adirondacks.
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #393 on: January 08, 2014, 02:08:43 PM »
Anything close to yyz?
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #394 on: January 08, 2014, 02:31:44 PM »
Anything close to yyz?

YYZ is at 54°, so it's pretty good. Get out of the city (at least 2 hours, preferably north), otherwise you won't see anything. Georgian Bay National Park may work.
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #395 on: January 08, 2014, 03:22:31 PM »
In in monsey, so already closer. What time would u leave. In interested in joining.

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #396 on: January 08, 2014, 10:13:10 PM »
And approval from my wife ;D

Aaaaand... I'm cleared! ;D

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This will pretty much be an all-night affair. We should probably leave around 8 (later if you're coming from Monsey), and we'll probably get back home around 8.

Bring along:
  • DSLR or similar (in order to get good pictures it'll have to great in low light, so any fairly new one would work)
  • Your widest, fastest (largest aperture) lens
  • Tripod
  • WARM clothing - including gloves and hat (and toe warmers ;))
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Lots of patience. Aurora hunting is not for the impatient, there'll be lots of sitting around and waiting

All this of course is if the weather and space forecast remain favorable. There's no point in going out if the KP falls below 6 or if there are clouds predicted.
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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #397 on: January 08, 2014, 10:53:00 PM »
Ahhhhhhhhh I want to go so badly!but i need to be at work in jersey city by 730 grrrrrrr

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #398 on: January 08, 2014, 10:56:45 PM »
how rare is this? i.e.how often does a chance like this come up around here?

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Re: Photography Lesson DO: NYC Edition
« Reply #399 on: January 08, 2014, 11:01:57 PM »
how rare is this? i.e.how often does a chance like this come up around here?

As far as I could tell, once per 1 year or so.

Also remember that we're at year 10 of the 11-year solar maximum cycle, so there's only this winter and next where there's a chance of this happening (under normal circumstances). After this it'll be another 11 year wait.
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