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Dark Sky Photography Info
Below are a few different resources you can use to locate your following location for your dark sky photography adventure. The essential part of Milky Way photography is finding the darkest skies. See the dark sky map below. The darker the skies, the more you will see the Milky Way in your image. The week before the new moon, the moon rises very late, or should we say early the following day, so the moon is not out, and this is when you want to do your milky way photography.
When to See the Milky Way
November, December, and January are not ideal for views of the best part of the Milky Way. The best part goes below the horizon and will not reappear until about March’s very early morning hours. The best viewing time in the Northern hemisphere is in the summer. Hot, humid, or stormy nights make for less ideal conditions and the nights are shorter, but there is still ample opportunity to get it and get it right. A planisphere tool can help locate and determine when the dense part of the Milky Way will be visible.
During April and May, you see the milky way in the pre-dawn hours, and by June, it rises at about 10:30 and will be visible almost all night. From Mid August through September, the best time is soon after the sun has set, and the sky has grown dark about an hour after the sun goes below the horizon.