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Roscoe New York

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Roscoe, New York Information

Roscoe is a hamlet (census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 541 at the 2010 census.

Roscoe is in the southwest of the Town of Rockland, adjacent to New York State Route 17.

It is named for New York Senator Roscoe Conkling. Roscoe calls itself “Trout Town, USA.” The town is a destination for fly-fishing enthusiasts because of its location at the intersection of two rivers famous for trout fishing (the Beaver Kill and the Willowemoc Creek).

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Here are some daytime locations where you can do photography.

The town is so small you can easily find all of these areas, then venture to the surrounding cities before coming back for milky way photography about an hour after sunset.

The community is a popular stopping point for people traveling along Route 17 (between New York City and Binghamton, New York) because the facilities are right by the access road to the highway. These include gas stations and convenience stores, and, of course, the Roscoe Diner. We discovered a fabulous restaurant on our journey. We wouldn’t be surprised if people travel from miles around to go to the Rockland House Restaurant. We also enjoyed a great stay at the adjoining motel. We did milky way photography all night and rolled in for a good night’s sleep around 1 a.m. This very quiet and spotless motel is run by excellent management. Check out the photos of the salad bar and the serene area of the motel. People often use this motel in town for fishing and or hunting. We immensely enjoyed our stay.

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Pepacton Natural Grocery

The only place to go for coffee in this town!!  Organic coffee with stevia and organic coconut milk!! Out of this world.

Grab your snacks for your photography day here. 45 Stewart Avenue, Roscoe, New York,  607.441.9156 – Open 7 days a week 

Hours:   Mon-Thu  10-6   Fri 10-8   Sat  10-6   Sun 1-6 

Note: November – March they open at 11 a.m. M-F

Rockland House Roscoe New York, Milky way

JY Fly Fishing is a professional fly fishing guide service.

Offering drift boat float trips and walk-wade trips with over 40 years of fly fishing experience. He is presently guiding on the Upper Delaware River System.

You will get to hang out with our new favorite friend Jack. Oh, and Jim is pretty cool too.

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How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky Photography

What you will need:

Light pollution map – light pollution map

Camera – You will need a camera to control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture manually.

Lens – A fast wide-angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you will have to increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise or grain in your photos.

Tripod – A good sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one. Keep that in mind; when you buy one, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map – Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).

Flashlight –  Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens, and you will be able to zoom in and out on the amount of light emitting from the flashlight. Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7.

Moon Phaze Map – The best time to go is during a new moon, and you want to be in the darkest area possible. The week before the new moon, when the moon has not risen, is a perfect time to go, so check the moonrise chart to see when the moon will be up.

Remote Shutter Release – When painting with light and you want to go over a 30-second exposure, you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release, or you can use your camera’s built-in two-second timer.

Use a Tripod – First, you must be on a tripod. A good sturdy tripod is necessary if it is windy. If the tripod moves, your picture will blur.

Focus – Use live view. Use your camera’s live view to focus in the dark, hit the zoom button, and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to see if it is accurate. It can be off a little on some lenses. You can also light it up with a flashlight, focus, then gently, without touching the focus ring, put the camera in manual focus so it will not search for the focus. Each time you move your camera to take your next angel, you would have to do this.

Camera Settings

ISO – Start with ISO 1600 – 3200. This is just a common starting point, and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. We want crisp non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails. The 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, and Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length, then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

Aperture – Depth of field isn’t critical in these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go too high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, which will give you digital noise.

White balance suggestion: Use live view mode to change your white balance settings and see what it will look like. You can shoot in shade or cloud mode as a standard-setting and adjust things later.



Where to camp Near Roscoe N.Y.

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Accommodations Near Roscoe N.Y.

Rockland House Motel and Restaurant

159 Rockland Rd, Roscoe, NY 12776(607) 498-4240
This family-run motel with an outstanding restaurant and a bar that is located on the main road that runs through Roscoe.

This motel offers rooms with one double bed, king-size beds or 2 double beds. The rooms have a private bath, air conditioner, cable television with flat-screen tvs and high-speed internet at rates that are designed to fit anyone’s budget.

We loved that they had a coffee room when we loaded up to go out for milky way photography till the wee hours. It is also equipped with a microwave, toaster, and table.

You are sure to enjoy your stay with here while doing milky way photography. The motel is within walking distance to great fishing, a nine-hole golf course, the Roscoe Beer Company, Prohibition Distillery in case you want to do something else during the day and do milky way photography at night.

The restaurant is only a few short steps away so you can enjoy dinner and drinks to end the day. Just don’t drink and drive and milky way. :) 



Rockland House Roscoe New York, Milky way


Rockland House Restaurant

159 Rockland Rd, Roscoe, NY 12776 (607) 498-4240

The food was great, the portions are huge, the salad bar is extensive you and you will not be disappointed.  We recommend the scallops. This is an experience you must not miss.

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Roscoe N.Y. Area Information

Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: None

There are no locations in this general area that require fees.




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Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!

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