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Old 15th of April 2010 (Thu)   #1
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Anyone catch the meteor shower last night in the Midwest? I think it's supposed be back the next few days (nights).
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I live in S. Wis and one made it like daylight out at 10 at night.

Heres the story.
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/90904269.html
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Are showers like this possible to shoot? or is it even worth the attempt?
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Set to Bulb or a 30 Sec shutter and see what you come up with.
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Check this out:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap091218.html

Took 2 hours' worth of individual frames and combined them together. You can really see the centre of where they're coming from in Gemini.
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The Lyrids Meteor Shower is April 21-22 so you maybe seening some early individuals between now and next week . Good luck , we have all rain predicted here .
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You need to take short exposures (30 seconds at a low focal length) to keep the stars from blurring yet have the meteor trails.

If you have a guiding mount just take the longest exposures you can, you'll pick something up if you have a wide lens and a little luck.
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The Lyrids Meteor Shower is April 21-22 so you maybe seening some early individuals between now and next week . Good luck , we have all rain predicted here .
Lyriad meteor shower makes up my triptych:
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Lyriad meteor shower makes up my triptych:
http://www.karljohnston.com/art/auro...itions/2904869

I know they are pretty picts Karl but they are too small for me to see detail . I can barely make out on streak in one image .
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Here's a higher res shot:
http://karljohnston.zenfolio.com/img...12193768-6.jpg
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Thats a little better Karl . When i put the cursor on the image it allows me to see enlarged sections of the image . Question , am i seeing alot of dim streaks also ??
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Yup, I like that site just for that feature alone. In the large print you can see it properly but if you look real close I can count up to 10-16 falling meteors! It was something to watch (a couple of meteor every second). One of my first real "showers" I wish I saw this season's.
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Are showers like this possible to shoot? or is it even worth the attempt?
Sure you can, there are a few ways you can do it.
As already mention you can set your camera up on a tripod and aim it at the area of sky where the meteors radiate and take 30 second exposures. ISO 800 to 1250 with a short focal length lens.
Or, you can piggy back it on a telescope that is on a mount capable of Polar aligned tracking, or directly onto the mount aimed at the area where the meteors radiate, and, take exposures as long as your camera and sky conditions will allow. Either way you hope you have the shutter open and the camera aimed at the right spot at the right time.

Another method, and my favorite is to shoot a time lapse sequence of images. Just like the first method of setting the camera on a simple tripod I'll take 25 to 30 second exposures at ISO 1250 and the lens at 18mm for a wide angle/field of view. Having my camera interfaced with my Laptop computer I'll set it up to take hundreds of those shots with only 5 seconds between each.
Then you can do a couple things with all those pictures. Sort through them and hope some of them captured a meteor or two, Or use a program such as Windows Movie Maker and make it into a Time Lapse Animation. I personally started using Pinnacle Studio 14 HD Ultimate for video work more recently.

Here is a short example of a quick fireball that left a trail of red smoke drifting away in the winds.
This is only about 12 frames set at a slow frame rate for play back so you can see the smoke trail.
I have other Time lapse that are hundreds or even thousands of single frame shots.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2gMEtYyvrA

And another made of many of the time lapse sessions, more than 4000 frames.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jvzl...eature=channel
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