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Night Sky photography possible in late December?

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Night Sky photography possible in late December?

I've done Googling for hours and I just need to ask a local at this point.

I'm planning on heading out to the middle of nowhere (Cuchillo - past Truth or Consequences) for a night of night sky photography - provided the weather is clear for only one night on the Thursday night before Christmas.

Is the sky usually clear at night or will it be likely I won't see anything due to nightly overcast? Or will I just have to watch the weather report and see like everyone else? :)

Being from LA, in winter we get nightly fog rolling in so you almost never see the sky in winter. Just wondering if there's a similar phenomena in the desert of NM such that I shouldn't even bother trying to do starry sky photography.

And no, I'm not worried about the cold. I'll be using digital rather than 35mm so that's not an issue.

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1. Re: Night Sky photography possible in late December?

Sky is usually clear unless there is a storm. Impossible to tell how it will be. I was just outside (we live southeast of Santa Fe) and Orion was bright as can be!

Our weather is nothing like LA, so you do have a possibility of clear sky if the weather isn't bad.

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2. Re: Night Sky photography possible in late December?

The great thing about the desert is that skies are almost always clear...days are sunny and clear and nights are a sky full of stars. Exceptions being storms and fronts moving through the area.

We are high desert, so we do get snow and they've been saying we're supposed to get a fair amount this year (I'm still waiting). It's impossible to say whether we will have a front moving through or now...but barring that, you should have some great, clear night skies.

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3. Re: Night Sky photography possible in late December?

No California fog. No inversion that I know of around there. Usually clear.

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4. Re: Night Sky photography possible in late December?

We recently returned from a day trip in northern NM, and were in awe of the night sky. We saw many more stars and constellations than we can see in central VA. I imagine the Dec. sky will be similar, unless, as already mentioned, there is a storm.

Have a great trip, alashas www.youtube.com/user/honeymoon2southwest

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