Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bonfire on the Beach

Tomorrow evening beginning at 7 pm the National Park Service will be offering a Night Sky Appreciation Event at the Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach. Activities include a bonfire, nautical and pirate stories by Capt. Rob Temple, a Night Sky Star Program, and photographing the Milky Way and star trails.

Photo by Craig Roberts

 Ocracoke beach is one of the best places on the East Coast to enjoy the night sky.

For a schedule of events, and more information, please visit

Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:41 AM

    As I study the Craig Roberts image, the story behind the image is, well, needs to be told. A tripod no doubt was used, yes? A long exposure, too perhaps. Now how is the lifeguard stand such a strong silhouette at Night? If the night sky appears that way to the naked eye.... Dang, that's Incredible.

    1. I am sorry, but I can't answer your questions. I have lost contact with the photographer. The photo was taken about 3 years ago.

    2. I would say a tripod or some other steady surface was used, with a long exposure. A cable release or remote triggering device is helpful. Cameras these days have a high range of sensitivity to light and can reveal things that aren't so evident to the naked eye. One thing in this photo is the "noise" or grainy effect in dark areas. Newer cameras have gotten better in dealing with that. Astral photography is really popular now, and there are some amazing shots out there.

    3. Anonymous4:54 PM

      mike, I know nothing about photography. this is my question. if this was a time exposure wouldn't the stars show as streaks in the sky?

    4. That would depend on the amount of time and also the lens used. A wide angle lens would be less likely to show the trails as much as a lens with more magnification. Serious shooters even mount a camera on a tracking device much like an observatory telescope.