Perseid Meteor Shower 2012 with Canon Powershot G1X

Started Aug 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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W5JCK Senior Member • Posts: 2,547
Perseid Meteor Shower 2012 with Canon Powershot G1X

I set up my Canon Powershot G1X last night and took a series of 200+ photos over a period of 1-1/2 hours (from apprx. 01:15 to 02:45 CDT) in Arlington, Texas. Unfortunately I live in a large metro with a huge amount of urban light pollution. So it was difficult to get good shots but I used the CR2 (RAW) images and post processed heavily in Photoshop CS6. I have to say I'm very impressed with the G1X's ability to record so much information for night sky photography in a well lit city!

Here are two images from the first meteor I captured. The first is a 100% crop of the meteor. It has not been reduced, just cropped. The second is the full size image.

  • Camera: Canon Powershot G1 X

  • Azimuth: Pointing apprx. 50 deg (NE) with camera tilted upwards at about 40 deg.

  • Exposure: 20 seconds

  • Speed: ISO-200

  • Aperture: f/5.6

  • Focal Length: 15mm (the equivalent of 28mm on 35mm film or 17mm on APS-C)

I captured two other meteors and will add those image once I process them.

An astrophotography hobbyist and amateur radio instructor and examiner. Canon EOS T1i and Canon Powershot G1 X.

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Sony RX100 III Sony Alpha a7 Sony a6000 Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM +16 more
Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) Canon PowerShot G1 X
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