Perseid Meteor Shower and Astrophotography

Started Aug 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Perseid Meteor Shower and Astrophotography

Hey guys and gals,

Last night my family and I wanted to make an attempt to see the Perseid Meteor Shower... which is, of course, a challenge on Long Island because of light pollution. I did a little research and found out that the local astronomy club meets down near one of our ocean beaches not to far from me, so we decided to take a chance and go down there.

I had NO IDEA that we could get such dark skies here and was pleasantly surprised to be able to see the milky way with the naked eye. I'll definitely be going again to try more photos, but it was exciting to take a shot at a bit of astrophotography last night.

Don't be too impressed with the "meteors". One is photoshop-fake and the other is an airplane... LOL! I did get some nice shots of the stars but could have used a wider lens (I'll have to buy one!). And try as I might, even though we saw some pretty impressive perseid meteors, I didn't catch any with the camera.

Both shots are with the K-5 at 6400 ISO, f/3.2 or 3.5 and 20 second exposures to avoid star trails. In case you're wondering how to figure out how to avoid them, it's 600 divided by the 35mm equivalent focal length. I used the DA 21mm f/3.2 limited lens, so 20 seconds was the max I could do. (21mm x 1.5 = 31.5mm... 600 ÷ 31.5 = 19 seconds).

Thanks for looking!


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