fragile existence [deleted] 1:06am, 12 August 2009
saw this:
news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090811/sc_space/strongmeteorshow...

and am intrigued. Perhaps may shoot it.... anyone else? According to the article, best hours for strong showing are between 12am and 5am.

(BTW, hi, I'm sarah and I have been a lurker for like... a year. ha.)


:)
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
hi sarah!

im thinking about shooting it, not sure how late i will stay out though
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Moon will make things difficult, but you should be able to see the brighter ones. Get out before the moon rises at 10:16!

Oh, that is like in 8 minutes from this post!
The Jer 9 years ago
sounds like peak is early morning hours of wednesday. Set your alarms!
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Ah, Jer........... that would have been about right on the time you posted this! :)
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
Anyone get any photos?
fragile existence [deleted] 9 years ago
my (cheap, POS) tripod broke. So all I have today is a sore neck and a massive need for good strong coffee. It was awesome though, saw some great displays of light, complimented with a frosty cold beverage. :)
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Still OK, even with the light of the moon? What time were you out?
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I looked around 11:00-11:30 and there were tons of Stars out, I was in west Duluth while looking too.
However, i got bored fast and went to bed before seeing any meteors.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Sounds cool. I think I may seek shelter (most likely my bed) from the falling rocks though. :-)
fragile existence [deleted] 9 years ago
Actually, I saw some huge meteors shoot right "into" the moon... very cool. Moon isn't big enough yet to really hinder the visibility.

I went out at 12:30am and finally went to bed at 2:40am. It was pretty much non-stop, with only a few lapses of time with no activity at all. I'm in the city limits, too, though we don't have any street lights around us.

Tonight should be good for viewing, also, if anyone wants to try to capture something. :) Either way, it was totally worth it to stay up and see it.

Cheers!
The Jer 9 years ago
I went out about 2 am and counted about 10 in 20 minutes. Two of which were blazing across the sky. Unfortunately, I don't have the gear to attempt such a thing. I went out again last night at 4:30 am and it was too hazy.
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 9 years ago
Jer, your pentax will capture them just fine. If you don't have a cable release rig up a rubber band with something sitting on top of the shutter button to hold it down.
Put the camera on Bulb mode, ISO100, F/8, set focus to infinity and turn Noise Reduction ON in the menu. Let it expose for 15-60 minutes and you will have your shot.
(make sure you have a full battery charge)

the camera will then take a dark frame for the same time as the exposure and will be unusable during that time but you will end up with a Nice shot of star trails and some streaking comets.
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mb_wen 9 years ago
If there's an indent for you 'finger' or something, try something rounded like a golf ball + rubber band (or whatever to hold ball still). I've found that to work well for Canons.
The Jer 9 years ago
if it's clear i'll give that a shot tonight Shawn.
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