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Astrophotography Program August 9 — Live On Zoom

Carl Bracken, a member of LAPC and of Cedar Amateur Astronomers, will present on Astrophotography and photographing the night sky.  His image Sunday Service shows the expertise he brings to the subject.  I don't think you will want to miss what he can teach us.

We will also have a photo share, where we will share pictures submitted by members.  There is no theme for this, but submit one or two of your pictures that are unusual or have good stories behind them to share with the club.  Please send your photos as jpg's, sized to no larger than 2400 pixels on the longer side, to [email protected]. If we have enough photos submitted, we will share only one per photographer, so if you have a preferred image, please specify which it is.

The club meeting will be August 9 at 1:30 via Zoom.  Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before then.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041663053?pwd=OXFuSWozT2I2c0U1a2dEcFVwcjhuUT09
Meeting ID: 810 4166 3053  Passcode: 228456811

Virtual Meeting August 9

The club meeting in August will be held online via Zoom.  Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before 1:30 on Sunday, August 9.

Carl Bracken, a member of LAPC and of Cedar Amateur Astronomers, will present on Astrophotography and photographing the night sky.  His image Sunday Service shows the expertise he brings to the subject.  I don't think you will want to miss what he can teach us.

We will also have a photoshare, where we will share pictures submitted by members.  There is no theme for this, but be thinking of one of your pictures that is unusual or has a good story behind it to share with the club.  Details on how to submit your photos will be posted in a couple days.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041663053?pwd=OXFuSWozT2I2c0U1a2dEcFVwcjhuUT09
Meeting ID: 810 4166 3053  Passcode: 228456811

Comet NEOWISE is here!!!

Photos and Text by Kerry Lawrence

Have you gone out and observed the new Comet NEOWISE? ( C2020 F3 )   Maybe even thought about photographing it?     I've gone out a few early mornings and have gotten some decent photos.  Yesterday, Monday evening, 7/13, I went out to Pleasant Creek Lake near Palo and shot a few photos with the comet reflecting off of the water.  I thought I would share with you the photos and some of my settings.

Equipment:  

Canon 6d, 50mm lens, 70-200mm lens, tripod, remote shutter release.  This is what I used, but a decent  DSLR or mirrorless camera with a semi fast lens will work just fine. A tripod will be required as the exposure times are 1 sec to 10sec.  A remote shutter release is not required if you don't mind using the 10 second countdown feature on your camera.

Settings:  

 •Apeture: Generally wide open is best. ie: f1.4, f2.8, etc.  No depth of field to worry about so wide-open is good.  ( The more light the better! )

 •ISO:  The lower the better, like ISO 50, or ISO 100. Even up to 800 is acceptable.  Start with the lowest ISO that works, but if your combination of lens and f-stop are still giving you a very dim photo then raise the ISO.  (raise ISO before increasing exposure time. )

 •Exposure time: This depends upon the lens focal length you are using, as the sky and stars are moving.  The longer you expose, the more the stars will move and star trails will appear.  If shooting at 24mm – 50mm,  then up to maybe 10secs is OK.  At 200mm or more, 2-3secs is about as long as you want to go.

When:  

  Morning: 3:45 -4:15AM

  Evening: 9:15 -10:30PM

Comet NEOWISE is currently both a morning and an evening comet.  Its proximity to the north pole is such that it rarely sets.  Over the next few weeks it will become more or less an evening comet as it's path will carry it further from the sun. However, as with most comets, the longer you wait to observe it, the further it will get from the sun, and the fainter it will be become.

Where:

Morning: 90-60 mins before sunrise, look ENE.  Just northernly of where the sun will rise.  Look about 10 degress above the horizon.  You will need binoculars.

Evening: Face north and look just to the left, west.  About 1/3 the way to where the sun set.  Again,  look about 10 degrees above the horizon.  You will need binoculars.

If you stay at it, and the sky is clear, you will be rewarded with this cool sight.  And decent post-processing makes it look .. WOW!

Good luck, Kerry Lawrence

LINKS:

Observing info:

https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-comet-c2020-f3-neowise

Online astronomy program

https://stellarium-web.org/

Plans for the Pandemic

Your board of directors met by Zoom today, trying to sort out what we could safely do for LAPC members.  Our current plans are:

All face-to-face meetings of the club are cancelled until further notice.  We expect this to last at least through December, but would of course be happy to be surprised and restart sooner.

We have cancelled the delayed Spring Event this year, and will issue refunds to all who registered.

We will be cancelling Help Portrait this year.

Because the club has been able to do so little this year, your paid 2020 membership makes you a club member through December, 2021.

We would like to try holding some online meetings.  Our goal would be to have a live (not pre-recorded) program, a photoshare of some sort, and perhaps a monthly contest with images submitted electronically and judged online.  The meetings will be at the normal club meeting time, second Sundays at 1:30 PM.

The board would like to hear your opinions about all this, and especially about on-line meetings.  Please provide them in the comments

Opportunity for Classes

I will be teaching Master Study #9 starting Wednesday, July 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Class will be taught via video conferencing and will be limited to 12 people. Please join us as this is a really fun class! Here is the link to register: https://mark-stoltenberg-photography.square.site/ Also, there are 2 spots open for the Beginner Photography class which will start Tuesday, July 7 in the studio. Yes, in the studio. If you know someone who is interested, please let them know. Class is limited to 6 people. Contact me if you have questions. Stay healthy and safe,


Mark Mark Stoltenberg 

Photography320 Main St
Maxwell, IA 50161

July Meeting Cancelled

The regular monthly LAPC meeting in July has been cancelled due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. We are hopeful, but not confident, that we will be able to hold the August meeting. We will re-assess monthly our ability to hold meetings safely.

Until we can gather again, you can talk photography at LAPC's Facebook presence and learn from online seminars offered by many organizations, including our sponsor Photo Pro.

2020 Iowa State Fair

It was announced today that the 2020 Iowa State Fair has been canceled.

Linn County Fair Virtual Photo Contest

The Linn County Fair has posted information on their website today regarding their virtual photo contest.

Submission deadline is June 17th.

Anyone who is not a professional is eligible to enter.

The Iowa State Fair is expected to make a decision for 2020 by June 15th. As soon as we know, we will post that information.

Postponed: 2020 LAPC Spring Photography Event –

As you all know, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is still a very fluid situation.   Unsure of when this pandemic will be over and life will return to a new normal, it has been decided to postpone this event until this Fall.

We have been and still are working through all the details of rescheduling. (Speakers, food, venue, etc.) At this time we have been able to secure a new date at the IBEW Hall for September 19 & 20.   And as of just today, we confirmed the same speakers and same presentation topics. So Light Painting with Roger Feldham and Macro/Close with Jillian Bell. As our plans come together and we all return to lives outside of our homes, we will send out more information.

In the next day or so a separate email will be sent to all of those who had registered for this event. You will have a couple of options for the fees that you have already paid.   

We thank you for understanding, and be safe during these times.

PS….. Keep taking pictures and working on your photography skills. It's all about capturing light…. and these days indoor light seems to be our best friend!

May and June Meetings Cancelled

The regular monthly LAPC meetings in May and June have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold the July meeting.