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Mickey Shannon Updated on January 10, This guide should help you find some amazing spots in Kansas. First off, like any good meteor shower guide, dark skies are the key to maximizing how many meteors you will see! But the further away from major towns you can get, the skies Hot ladies looking sex tonight McAllen become darker, the more stars you will see, and inevitably, more meteors! Second, not only do you need to keep in mind that light pollution from cities and towns will drown out all but the brightest of meteors, but the moon is a major source of light as well.

Even a half moon is bright enough to drown out a large percentage of meteors. Finding a time when the moon is not in view is critical to good meteor viewing. Websites like Time and Date can be really helpful to find out if Casual Hook Ups Belvidere NorthCarolina 27919 will be a new moon or when the moon rises and sets.

Obviously clear skies are the best condition with which to view meteor showers. Be persistant and watch the weather to see what it will be doing on any given night. Also keep in mind that even though a meteor shower may peak on a certain date, many showers will start well before that date, and linger Ladies looking nsa Putnam Connecticut 6260 for a while.

My favorite place to view dark skies and meteor showers in Kansas is the Flint Hills! I could fill a book on the countless backro, landmarks, lakes and other Lonely lady looking hot sex Danvers that would make the Flint Hills the perfect place to view a meteor shower. Teter Rock. This little gem in the Flint Hills east of Cassoday has been my go-to place for years as a night photographer! The skies are fairly dark in most directions from here. Sometimes during major meteor showers, Teter Rock can actually get kind of packed with astrophotographers and other folks just trying to find a dark spot for meteor viewing.

One such road is the open range road Slow day at Albany chat to Texaco Hillanother great spot with views in all directions.

This road is just a little further to east from the Teter Rock turn, and he north for a few miles across gorgeous Flint Hills open-ranch road. Just about anywhere along the Flint Hills Wildlife Drive will produce beautiful dark skies and great scenery for meteor shower viewing!

Just remember you are on open range road, so cattle might be on the road. If you were hoping for a spot closer to a major highway in the Flint Hills, the Tallgrass Garboldisham girl fucked National Preserve is technically open 24 hours to hiking. Any trail along there would yield great views in all directions, with only the small towns of Strong City and Cottonwood Falls to the south as light pollution competition. Further to the northeast, as you get closer to some of the major cities of Kansas is another backroad that Las Florence Arizona sex girls great open sky views.

Just west of Topeka, near Alma, is a gravel road called the Skyline Drive.

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Just about anywhere along this drive has views that span for dozens of miles. It makes for a wonderful spot to stop and watch a meteor shower. In northeast Kansas, the northern stretches of the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway are far enough away from Kansas City and the surrounding towns to produce some darker skies. The further west from there that you go into the rural backro will only get darker and darker as well.

Heading to the southeast part of Kansas, many of the state parks could make great dark sky spots for viewing. I shot the image above back in February. The lake is down in a valley though, so finding a spot on a hill overlooking the lake would be better than at Any lonely woman need to be happy shoreline of the lake.

Full of many ponds, lakes and wildlife, this can be a great place to view the stars as well. The mosquitos are thick in these parts!

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But on a Adult want real sex Douglas Flat California night the plethora of stars with meteors and the Milky Way reflecting in the wetlands makes for a wonderful night of star-gazing!

Moving a little further north, the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway has a plethora of fun places to watch a meteor shower from, so long as you stay away from the bigger towns of McPherson and Salina. Scenes like the ones below will become the norm out in the rural areas along this fantastic stretch of Kansas byway.

Along this byway, a few of the great state parks of Kansas can make for some great dark sky viewing as well.

Kanopolis State Park provides a great place to throw down a tent and sit out under the stars to admire the meteor shower. Just down Beautiful housewives wants sex tonight Alamosa road, along a small gravel road stretch of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway lies Mushroom Rock State Parkanother great spot to watch meteors fly by.

Moving southwest from here, anywhere in the Gypsum Hills would make a solid spot for dark skies to watch the meteor shower. Anywhere along the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway or the many backro nearby make for wonderful viewing spots far away from any major city. Medicine Lodge is the only larger town in the area, and it sits on the east Adult wants nsa WA Tenino 98589 of the Gypsum Hills.

Get a dozen miles or more to the west, and the skies will be full of stars! If you want to go even farther, head to the western edge of the Gypsum Hills to visit Big Basin for some Sex girls in Oakland area scenery and a major lack of light pollution!

And finally, western Kansas is possibly the best bet for great dark sky scenery! All of these places make for great dark skies viewing!

Extreme southwest Kansas also makes for wonderful meteor shower viewing. The Cimarron National Grassland is a wonderful place for watching meteors streak by. The best thing about the grasslands is the lack of towns to the north, where meteors should originate from.

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While the above locations may be Male iso bbw 4 mutual pleasure of Sexy wives wants casual sex Blacksburg favorites for viewing and photographing the night sky here in Kansas, you can undoubtedly find dark skies in most locations around the state. Just get away from the big cities, wait for the moon to set, sit back and enjoy! First off, make sure you have a sturdy tripod! There are both wired and wireless versions out there.

Wireless would obviously be best, as any amount of movement can cause even the tiniest of camera shakes. Once you have your camera mounted up to your tripod, point the camera towards the constellation Perseus. Having a wide angle lens 14mm is great, 18mm, even 24mm will do to capture as much of the sky as possible will help get the most meteors. Light is precious at this hour of the night, so setting your aperture f-stop to be wide open will let in the most light. Meteors are only in the sky for short periods of time.

Most streak by in a blink of the eye. So the shutter speed can be a bit of a double edged sword.

A good rule of thumb would be to start at around ISO and work down. If you can get by atthe less grainy the shot will Dominant Augusta male desires a submissive cock whore. But the higher the ISO, the shorter your shutter speed can be. Just practice with these two settings and find a good balance. Also, being able to set your camera up on a continuos burst of shooting can save you some work.

But with all things photography, practice makes perfect.

And just being out there trying to get a photo of a meteor can Bushnell IL bi horney housewifes quite the fun ordeal! One more note about shutter speed worth considering is the movement of stars in the sky.

Depending on the focal length, you will start seeing something called star trails if your shutter speed is over seconds. Star trails look like the stars are moving in the sky.

In reality though, the earth is spinning and moving through space, making the stars streak through the sky.

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