Nightly Night Photography Notes—Quadrantid Meteor Shower

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Happy New Year! I hope you are excited as I am about the prospects for 2012. The new year for night photographers is off to a good start, with the first meteor shower of the year occurring on the night of January 3 and morning of the 4th. The Quadrantid meteor shower promises to be one of the finest meteor shows for 2012. Although much of the night will suffer from a waxing gibbous moon, obscuring all but the brightest meteors, the moon sets early enough for close to 3 hours of dark-sky viewing. Tomorrow I’ll give more details about the shower, along with some tips for photographing meteors.

Nightly Night Photography Notes is a nightly (almost) nutshell of photo news and tidbits for night photographers. If I’m not out in the wilds creating night images, I’ll do my best to keep you updated nightly on what’s going on in the dark. I need your help, though. If you know about anything coming up that night photographers might like to know about, please let me know in an email and I’ll make a post about it. Please note that I live in western North Carolina, USA, so unless indicated otherwise, all discussions that are location and time specific are based on latitude 35 degrees north and Eastern Time Zone, which is -5 hours from UTC time (-4 hours during daylight saving time).  

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