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#26 SKYGZR

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:25 PM

This came through mt area last Fri AM

 

The ROR Obsv is visable in the lower right.

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#27 rimcrazy

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

OMG.... Now that is impressive.  Holy cow......

 

Curious, what was your setup to catch this?  Were you shooting video?



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:25 AM

Just a nit:

 

Lightening: the activity of making modifications, material substitutions, and equipment reductions with the goal of reducing the mass of a system and its associated weight.

 

Lightning: A weather phenomenon where large electrical charges build up in storm clouds, volcanic ash clouds, and dust storms, then suddenly discharge via atmospheric electrical breakdown leaving brilliant arc paths through the sky. 

 

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#29 Midnight Dan

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:30 AM

>> Surge protectors aren't enough.

 

Enough for what?  Full protection against all strikes?  Of course not - nothing is. 

 

Protecting electrical gear is a multi-layered endeavor.  At the low/cheap/easy end is using surge protectors.  They WILL protect against some power line surges from lightning that is not too close.  Unplugging gear from power sources provides another layer of protection.  Putting in lightning rods adds additional protection, and a ring of grounding provides even more.  There's a lot you can do depending on how much you want to spend.

 

Each layer protects against more serious, closer strikes.  But, each layer also adds cost and effort to install.  Everyone has different needs, different levels of lightning risk, and different tolerance to loss of gear.  If you are religious about unplugging your expensive gear, you can tolerate loss of inexpensive items like USB hubs, and your lighting risk is not that high, surge protectors can be enough for your situation.  If you have a remote installation where you can't unplug things, and you have expensive gear always connected, then surge protectors are not going to cut it.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:22 PM

OMG.... Now that is impressive.  Holy cow......

 

Curious, what was your setup to catch this?  Were you shooting video?

Just had the Pentax Kx on a tripod, set to "bulb" @ f/8 (probably should have stopped it down more), yet like the effect..never shot lightning that was this close before. Open shutter, wait for a strike (or two) close shutter...repeat.








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