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December 2012

2012, Geminids

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   So you're disappointed with the previous Meteor Showers in the desert, like the Leonid Showers? We certainly were. The Geminids this December are going to be the best display this year, bar none. Unless you live near Utah were it's going to snow and be cloudy. UGH. The northern latitudes here in the southwest will get a real show on  Dec. 13th. late at night into the early morning hours of the 14th. 120 to 160 an hour with the best show being around 2:00 AM  Every year the Geminid show gets better, with this year not being an exception. Some years the display is hampered by a full or near full moon, but not this year -- only the weather can mess it up this year.
   This takes a lot of patience and you may end with nothing if you're not prepared to spend some time in the cold. The best way may be to shoot directly overhead (on a tripod) using a wide angle lens and shooting in burst mode with exposure 1/2 minute long (30 seconds) This way your camera will pretty much continually shoot the night sky, till you run out of memory or out of battery power.  Personally I've never had any luck shooting meteors, although I've tried. Most years like this one - our weather conditions won't give us an opportunity. The photo below is from an earlier attempt and shows the anti-collision lights on a commercial jet and the Seven Sisters.

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Geminids Meteor Showers
    Taken in 2007 in San Framcisco by   Brocken Inaglory  This was taken from the Wikipedia Commons. Click on the magnifying glass to enlarge this photo.One of the Geminids is shown in the upper left quadrant.

    Photographing meteors is a real challenge and often results in failure. If you have any luck with this persuit, please let us know via email or on one of our social media pages.

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