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Geminids Meteor Shower, early morning assignment
This is not a formal meetup, just a suggestion to observe the annual Geminids Meteor shower. The meteor shower will go on for several days, but will peak during the night of December 13 to 14. This is Thursday/Friday, you can also try this Friday to Saturday night. On Thursday/Friday/Saturday, the moon will set at 10, 11pm and midnight, respectively, so go out late, take some foreground shots, then let the camera click away after the moon sets. If you are looking west, you will also get additional meteors from some other, minor showers, like the x-Orionids, Monocerotids and alpha-Hydrids. You will, of course, need clear skies for this. Here is everything you need to know about the meteor shower (https://earthsky.org/space/everything-you-need-to-know-geminid-meteor-shower). The December Geminids are a particularly reliable and prolific shower, one of the finest of the year. You need no special equipment – just a dark, open sky and maybe a sleeping bag to keep warm. Lie down in comfort, and look upward (after programming your camera to keep shooting). The peak is typically centered at about 2 a.m. local time, no matter where you are on the globe. That’s because the constellation Gemini – radiant point of the shower – will reach its highest point for the night around 2 a.m. (your local time). As a general rule, the higher the constellation Gemini climbs into your sky, the more Geminid meteors you’re likely to see. The constellation Gemini is the perceived radiant point where most meteors seem to originate from, but they can be all over the sky. Gemini comes over the horizon in the East around 7 pm and then rises up high. The higher, the better chances to see meteors. Good locations for viewing: any dark site looking up (early night) or west (early morning) and with an interesting foreground. You need to get away from city lights. Suggested equipment and settings: Wide angle lens, tripod and intervalometer (not remote). Find a good location with some interesting foreground, perhaps a lake or river. Shoot at higher ISO [masked]) exposure time of 20-40 seconds (depending on how wide your lens is: 600/focal length=number of seconds)). Set your intervalometer to keep shooting indefinitely at these settings, start it and enjoy the view or go back into the warm home, pub or car. Check on batteries every hour. Go home and find the photos with meteors in them. Here's something I created during a meteor shower (a composite of 10 images, all with 1-2 meteors in them). Also, try to use a fisheye lens and shoot straight up to cover most of the sky east to west. Here is David Kingham's tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7JVwSX1iAg) on how to compose a shot like that, which has meteors coming out of the radiant. If you don't have any meteors, you can still make a nice composite with long star trails. :-)

Looking West without any lights

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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 get started, please read the group policies: https://www.meetup.com/GBNight/messages/boards/forum/16103532 and please take a moment to answer some questions about timing and gear under MORE - POLLS in the menu.

We are looking forward to seizing the night with you!

Jürgen, GBNP Organizer

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