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Other Photo op - The Perseid shower

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by David, 11 Aug 2016.

  1. David

    David μoʍ ɼouმ qᴉq λon ƨbԍuq ϝʁλᴉuმ ϝo ʁԍɑq ϝμᴉƨ

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    Anyone staying up for this? It peaks in the early hours of tomorrow apparrently, and it is supposed to be much more intense than usual - it also looks like the south of the UK at least is in for some clear skies.

    Any tips for catching one of the blighters on cam?

    Low F number, ISO 200, 30 Sec exposure?


    I got one a few years ago, but it was super faint:

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  2. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Maybe give it a go... see what the cloud cover is like up here :(

    The red was bugging me so I did a quick tidy up...

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    ...hope you don't mind?
     
  3. David

    David μoʍ ɼouმ qᴉq λon ƨbԍuq ϝʁλᴉuმ ϝo ʁԍɑq ϝμᴉƨ

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    The red was as a result of the "autofix" in window photo editor. I left it like that to make the faint line a little more obvious.

    The original photo looks like the corrected image you posted. :)
     
  4. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

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    Posted this for the Facebook crowd; I'll just paste a copy here:

    Perseid meteor shower this week with the greatest frequency Thursday night. Hit up the Met Office website and switch the map to Cloud Cover to see what it'll be like a day before. It was overcast last year so lay off the rain-dancing.

    If you're staying up (it's a School night kids,) and want to take pictures you will need a sturdy tripod. Focus to infinity using Live View, ISO 1600 or 3200 and set the shutter speed to:

    Crop body, 250/focal length (so at 18mm, 13sec)
    Full frame, 500/focal length (soo, 24mm, 20sec)

    Aperture, I'd shoot wide open for the stars and a second shot at f/8 for the ground. Blend in Photoshop or GIMP.

    Pre-set the camera before going out and know how to use the zoom function on Live View before-hand. Also take a small torch but, y'know, close on eye when using it.
     
  5. veato

    veato I should be working

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    I might stay up but light pollution is an issue where I live.

    My Pentax has an astrotracer function which is great for photographing stars (without trails) but I don't know how that will work with meteors.
     
  6. David

    David μoʍ ɼouმ qᴉq λon ƨbԍuq ϝʁλᴉuმ ϝo ʁԍɑq ϝμᴉƨ

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    I was up untill around 2.30am - saw some absolute corking meteors.

    Didn't catch a damn thing on camera!
     
  7. asura

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    Fell asleep, missed it. :(
     

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