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Aug 12, 2015 06:14 |  #1

Some Perseids from last night/this morning.
Aug 11-12, 2015.
Did some imaging last night-early morning for the Perseids Meteor Shower.
These are the best. Looking North-East in the sky, 11:30pm thru 1:30am.
Used Canon 70D with UWA lens 11-16mm at 11mm, f2.8, ISO 1600, 13 sec exposure each.

2 captured in same single image here, the 3rd items with bright dots is a plane.

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yx55ePkORtI/VcskdXRvJNI/AAAAAAAAXDM/rPD4er5gdzc/s1280-Ic42/IMG_9881.jpg

1 captured low but bright here
IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tg-gKLm9zVA/VcskcrbUGMI/AAAAAAAAXDE/457lHx6Ajuk/s1280-Ic42/IMG_0275.jpg

The meteorite going "up/down" is actually NOT a Perseids, it's a "stray", as not coming from the radiant which is on the RH side.
IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WmmhutcHD50/VcskbBM2tUI/AAAAAAAAXC0/V279q2RRG6s/s1280-Ic42/IMG_0364.jpg

Early rising moon, capturing the near new moon and the un-lit portion that faintly shows via earthshine, light reflected from Earth onto the moon then back to Earth.
IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CuKBRg1QGkY/VcskclfoupI/AAAAAAAAXDA/2JptOY2ZZ3w/s1280-Ic42/IMG_0524.jpg

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Aug 12, 2015 06:45 |  #2

I was hoping you would post some shots! They look great. Thanks for sharing.


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Aug 12, 2015 07:49 |  #3

Nice captures Michael ! I went out this morn after I got up at 6am . Saw one nice meteorite shooting towards the North . Looks like possibly it maybe a nice shower .




  
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Aug 12, 2015 08:32 |  #4

Celestron wrote in post #17665966 (external link)
Nice captures Michael ! I went out this morn after I got up at 6am . Saw one nice meteorite shooting towards the North . Looks like possibly it maybe a nice shower .

Yes, with the clear skies last night took advantage, will try again tonight as long as clouds stay away.

I actually set-up the camera/tripod last night 11:30pm, watched with my eyes for 10 minutes and saw a few nice ones, then slept.
Upon getting up at 5:30am to get the gear the near new moon was rising above the horizon, so I put the 70-200L + 2x TC on and took that shot.
When I was taking various exposures I saw a bright meteorite shooting just left of the moon, that was cool.
Not captured on digital, but in brains memory.

Those ones you see with the eye make sleepy nights and PP time all worth in IMO.


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Aug 12, 2015 16:09 |  #5

Thanks, I'm going to try your settings tonight. You are using the same lens as I used early this morning, but I was at 20sec and ISO 500. We had too much thin clouds/haze and too close to the city so the sky was a bit bright. Hopefully tonight will be clear like two nights ago.


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Aug 12, 2015 18:21 |  #6

I added 3 crop images to show more clearly the telltale color change of a meteorite streak

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UIle7jRqMYQ/VcvUBoYeGVI/AAAAAAAAXD4/MPLW_W2n5ks/s1280-Ic42/IMG_9881%252520-%252520Version%2525202.jpg


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Aug 12, 2015 18:23 |  #7

i've gone from excited to try capturing a few shots of meteors, to being totally apathetic. And the weather is perfect.

my usual night time spot has the most light pollution to the north, so i would have to find another place, as well as motivation.

how many were you getting (estimated) an hour last night?


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Aug 12, 2015 20:54 |  #8

RMyers wrote in post #17666491 (external link)
Thanks, I'm going to try your settings tonight. You are using the same lens as I used early this morning, but I was at 20sec and ISO 500. We had too much thin clouds/haze and too close to the city so the sky was a bit bright. Hopefully tonight will be clear like two nights ago.

I went higher ISO and less time to make the individual images look more crisp.
ISO 1600 works fine on the 70D

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i've gone from excited to try capturing a few shots of meteors, to being totally apathetic. And the weather is perfect.

my usual night time spot has the most light pollution to the north, so i would have to find another place, as well as motivation.

how many were you getting (estimated) an hour last night?

Totally understand apathy, I took time off imaging, then got the bug again.
If it feels right and you become self motivated again, then you will return to the hobby.
If not, then cruise what others have posted and enjoy, that's what I've done.

Now, I had a chance to process all the individual images in StarStax, so here's a star trail
There are really only 3 offending plane trails, so I might go thru those individual images later and PP them out then re-do the startrail, but here it is all un-PP just stacked:

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iamf0NyRxFY/Vcv2y5rRx5I/AAAAAAAAXEM/3DPvs8Xqvdc/s1280-Ic42/StarStaX_IMG_0001-IMG_9999_lighten.jpg

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Aug 12, 2015 21:41 |  #9

Very nice Michael . Looking like it's gonna be a cloudy night for me unless the clouds clear out later :( . Go figures , that's one reason I quit trying to watch meteor showers or special events cause every time the clouds a just about guaranteed to roll in at the last minutes .




  
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Aug 13, 2015 01:14 |  #10

Awesome.

Obviously planning is paramount. This is a perfect example. You are right that when this is a priority I will make it happen and I thankfully i made plans for the next shoot tonight. It's just not astro.

Thanks for the inspiration.


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Aug 13, 2015 06:37 |  #11

Nice shots Michael!

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Aug 14, 2015 19:58 |  #12

Nice composite! Those meteors show up quite well!


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Aug 15, 2015 11:52 |  #13

I made a quick video of the individual images, better if viewed full screen.


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Aug 17, 2015 06:24 |  #14

This re-done timelapse has cumulative startrails in first portion and then individual frames in last portion


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