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Leonids Meteor Shower, early morning assignment
The Leonids Meteor Shower is happening this month. Earth will be passing through the cloud shortly, but the peak activity will be in the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday, 17 & 18-November. Best viewing is before dawn. On Sunday, the moon will set at 1:30 a.m., after that and before dawn is the best time to view it. Anyone up for early morning into sunrise? Choose any location with dark views looking east. Keep in mind that beaches south of Boston have a lot of air traffic going on, but it is much less after midnight. Best locations are Halibut Point State Park, east side of Cape Cod or many locations in NH, VT and ME. I pinpointed the Quabbin reservoir in western Massachusetts, which has a good, dark view looking north-east. The meteors may happen anywhere in the sky, but they will mostly come out of the constellation of Leo, which is due east. Also look for Venus coming up before dawn, along the ecliptic. The earthsky.org website has more info (https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide#leonids) on the shower. Shoot at higher ISO and short exposures to get star points (600/focal length seconds), use a wide angle lens to maximize the timing, set the camera up to capture most of the eastern sky and let it click away. You can wait for it in the car drinking hot liquids, sleep a little or watch and enjoy the show. Here is David Kingham's tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7JVwSX1iAg) on how to compose a shot like the one below, which has meteors coming out of the radiant. Good luck, post pictures here (with or without meteors)

Anywhere dark and looking East

Here and there · Everywhere, MA

What we're about

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This is a collective of people who share a passion for night photography.

This Meetup is about gathering in groups, small or large, to capture the night and share the outcome with each other. Education, respectful and constructive feedback, exhibition of images and socializing during and after our gatherings are all part of our activities.

We will explore old, new, popular and exotic places in the greater Boston area, southern New Hampshire and Maine, Rhode Island, northern Connecticut and central Massachusetts and there are occasional field trips to places such as New York or Maine. Inner city nightscapes will be as much part of our portfolio, as will be dark sky star, astro-landscape and Milky Way shoots or light painting opportunities.

Most events are free, membership dues will cover Meetup.com costs, minor group expenses and promotional means, invited lectures and trip organization expenses. Some events may incur further cost (if the venue charges us), as announced in those meetups. You can sign up for free and see if this is for you during the trial, but paid members may be given priority for limited attendance meetups. Note that this is the only continuously active night photography meetup in New England, we average one photo shoot every ~10 days, one meetup every week, and even keep it alive throughout the winter. Browse our "past meetups" to see what we have been doing.

Night photography is exciting, presents the world in a truly different light and is serene and calming in many ways. However, it is also very different from daytime shooting, sometimes physically taxing and requires to watch out for yourself and others. The meetups here will always be conducted with adult and mature members, who provide safety through numbers, but you will always be responsible for your own safety.

Before you start browsing around, please take a look at the MORE-POLLS in the menu and let us know your preferences and then please review the DISCUSSIONS, also in the menu, for various resources and some pointers on equipment, safety, attendance and membership rules.

We are looking forward to seizing the night with you!

Jürgen, GBNP Organizer

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