A&P Meteor Shower tonight! *Crash Course me in type of photography*

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  1. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Meteor shower tonight and I will be up and trying to take photos if it is not overcast out. I have a dark field with nothing around and want to get the best shots I possibly can.

    Need advice. Stopped down aperture, long shutter, high ISO?

    HALP! :x:

    I'll be using 5D2 and I figured my 24-70L would be sufficient for a wide angle.
     
  2. EWhytsell

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    Try to stay up past midnight and you'll get the most possible meteors/per hour.

    Really its not hard just put the camera on a tripod point it Northeast and shoot the longest exposures you can. TURN OFF IN CAMERA NOISE PROCESSING too so that it will let you start another shot immediately after its finished with the first one.

    As for aperture and ISO if your shooting 30 sec you should probably go to a higher iso, but if you can do 1-2 minute shots you can get away with ISO 400 pretty well. The higher the ISO obviously the more noise, but at the same time you'll pick up fainter meteors.

    Doesn't look like its gonna be clear out my way tonight, but the shower should be pretty good through the 17th.
     
  3. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Right now there is not a cloud in the sky. Have a few hours to go yet. Thanks for the tips!
     
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    where in the sky?
     
  5. EWhytsell

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    Northeast after midnight is the best direction/time to view meteors. This is due to your spot on the earth rotating into the path of the meteor field.

    This years Persieds are expected to be the best in a long time. Tonight through about the 17th will be peak for them. I hope the guys on the space station brought a lot of duct tape in case they get pelted with meteors. hehe lucky for them most of them are the size of a grain of sand. Its just the fact that they are hitting the earth at over 10,000 miles per second that make them flash brightly in the sky.
     
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    Tonight at 1AM PDT or 4 AM EST there is going to be a burst of meteors of about 200 per hour for a while... that's about one every 15-20 seconds..

    A great time to go out and look is now, they're going to be fewer and far between, but you'll get to see earth grazers, that come over the atmosphere and skip like stones on water....

    And no, they don't travel 10,000 miles per second.. They're usually about 25,000 - 150,000 miles per hour... you can do the math for the seconds, but even 160,000 miles per hour is like 2,600 miles per minute....

    Here's a good couple of pages to get your information from:

    http://www.spaceweather.com/
    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/31jul_perseids2009.htm
     
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    saw some very faint
     
  8. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Fog rolled in. Sucks. Did see some cool ones though.
     
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    I am heading out to Mt. Wilson in about 30 min...only taking my Nikon binoculars...its impossible to take a picture up there, its so freezing and windy.
     
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    I just got back, shit was spectacular

    Saw few really big one with really long white trails :bowdown: amazing
     
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    meh I woke up at 3:30 to get some viewing in but it was cloudy as hell out :wtc:
     
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    Tell me about it :mad:
     
  13. Bloke

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    no one got any shots?
     
  14. Heinzanova

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    Lovely shots Heinzanova... Love the milky way
     
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    Nice pics
     
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    hrm mt wilson is good times
     
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    Nice shots Heinzanova. How'd you get the purple in the first shot? Was that just the color of the contamination from nearby cities?
     
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    I wasn't 100% sure where I want to dial in my white balance, but some of that is sun haze still because I was on a 3500ft mountain near the coast, so even at 10 at night you can see haze in the sky from the sun over the ocean reflecting back. Kinda kool.

    These we mainly shot with 30' shutter with 1600 iso, long exp noise reduction turned off @ 2.8 @ 14mm.
     
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    Ah. Yeah. White balance :o

    Reason I asked was because when I shot the milkyway a couple weeks ago I didn't like the color of the contamination I was getting, but I like the color of yours
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    I ended up just desaturating it
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    Dude it was so much fun...so many people in the middle of the night :bowdown:
     
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    I can't wait to get some night shots when we go to Montana in November.
     
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    do you guys have tracking hardware or something? how do you get your milky way shots so sharp???

    I think I'm going to try it tonight, iso 1600, 30 seconds at f/1.8...
     

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