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Perseid Meteor Shower this Week

 
Bogino
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Aug 06, 2017 22:58 |  #1

Never tried to photograph a meteor shower. I understand this weeks Perseid Meteor Shower is supposed to be one of the best ever. As it so happens, I will be in Las Vegas when this occurs so easy access to desert locations and the weather should be perfect. Given the equipment which I own, any basic tips on how to try and photograph these would be appreciated. Settings etc. Thank You.


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Aug 06, 2017 23:44 |  #2

You're best option would be to rent a lens better suited than the ones you own, unless you want to do long focal length imaging of a target like the andromeda galaxy and hope to get lucky. When it comes to meteor photography aperture is truly critical, you can get away with a f2.8 lens for some Milky Way imaging, but meteors last but for a fraction of a second and if you don't have a large aperture/light collecting area you won't hope to catch many. Last year I shot 2 camera setups, one was my Nikon D600 with a Rokinon 24mm f1.4 lens and the other was my D7000 with the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, I ran both cameras continuously for roughly 5 hours straight. I took pretty equal exposures with both, roughly 20 seconds at ISO 1600 and wide open apertures. With the D600 and Rokinon lens I captured about 100-110 meteors in my shots, with the D7000 and Tokina (at 16mm to increase the clear aperture area/light collecting ability) I captured about 15-20. This is the final shot I put together from last year, an absolutely ridiculous amount of editing went into it just to get all the meteors in one shot (click below the image on the link to pull up the full resolution shot for better image quality, POTN compresses the crap out of images displayed here). Not sure I want to go through it all again this year, might just do mid-focal length stuff and try to get lucky with a fireball or something.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/KWti​Wb] (external link)Moosehorn Lake Perseid Meteor Shower (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

I recommend finding a lens you can rent for a night or two, something with an f1.4 aperture like the Rokinon 24mm f1.4, it'll increase your chances of capturing meteors at least 5 fold.

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Aug 08, 2017 11:40 |  #3

That's awesome composite. Did you see any fireballs, or all just white streaks across the sky?


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Aug 08, 2017 23:22 |  #4

01Ryan10 wrote in post #18422331 (external link)
That's awesome composite. Did you see any fireballs, or all just white streaks across the sky?

The short one that looks like a hook in the dead center was a bolide, this is a short gif of it exploding and leaving a smoke trail that lasted a good 10 minutes:

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Aug 10, 2017 03:55 |  #5

3/4 moon this weekend during the peak will wash out the faint ones.




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Aug 12, 2017 16:02 |  #6

Whelp, here's my shot for this year's shower, not planning on going out again tonight since the weather has been lousy and I keep getting skunked with clouds. Only ended up catching about a half dozen meteors and one decent fireball, other than that it was a fight with the wind, clouds, and thunderstorms.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XzFn​Um] (external link)2017 Perseid Meteor Shower (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

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Aug 12, 2017 21:26 |  #7

Well at least you caught some . Been nothing but over cast here all week . Last 10 yrs been nothing but full moon or overcast . Last good Perseids shower I saw was back 10 yrs ago while camping at FtDavis State Park .




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Aug 18, 2017 23:07 |  #8

This is my best one yet, but I've probably spent a total of 10 hours lifetime trying to photograph meteor showers. This was from my back yard on the edge of a small town. Using 16-35 f/2.8L on a 5D3. This is cropped to keep about 70% of the total image. Unfortunately the meteor went off frame.

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