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Maine Lighthouses, Milky Way & Night Photography
We traveled this route over several days. First of all, you will want to be sure to check out our Dark Sky Resources page to determine the ideal conditions for milky way viewing before planning your trip. The locations that we have picked for you are dark sky locations, but you will have to check the new moon/moonrise charts and be sure to go in the right month with a clear weather forecast to photograph the milky way. We suggest you make this trip during the milky way week of the month from May through October when it is visible. We were able to shoot for four nights before the clouds arrived. Therefore, we ended our trip. It was a beautiful stretch of perfect weather, and it was also during the week of meteor showers in August of 2015. As a result, you will see many meteors in our images.
The Lighthouse State
With 65 historical lighthouses still existing along the 5,000 miles of coastline, Maine is well known as the Lighthouse State. Many of Maine’s lighthouses are not accessible since you must take a boat tour to see them to get the best images. You can get some good shots with zoom lenses from the mainland at some locations, but you do need to be at a decent distance to do good night time milky way photography so not all lighthouses are ideal for this purpose. Here are our favorites where you can stand right next to the lighthouse and get your images.