December 13, 2012 · 9:00 PM
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I'm going to try and head up to Brasstown Bald on Thursday Dec 13 so that I can capture some startrails, Milky Way, and meteor shots. That date coincides with the high point of the Geminid meteor shower and new moon. The only major sticky point will be the weather. For those of you unable to make it on Thursday, you're welcome to try it on Friday or Saturday night. The number of meteors will be much less. The radiant point of the meteors will be coming out of the east.
I'm going to be prepared to stay up there all night since the best viewing times will be the early morning hours. I'll setup at least one camera to shoot startrails and another to shoot meteors coming out of the Gemini constellation.
No doubt it will be cold up there in December so come prepared. Brasstown Bald is a national forest location and they do charge an entrance fee even when someone is not there to collect. I think the fee is $4 but we'll check before we head up there.
Click here to access my document on how to shoot startrails and the Milky Way. The document will explain the settings and equipment needed. Click here to see any of my previous images shot up at Brasstown Bald. Click EarthSky.Org for the meteor shower guide for 2012.