• Closeup
  • Afterglow
  • Wake
  • Meteor
  • Click here to see persistent train captured 6 seconds later

2009 Leonid Meteor

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From 2:20am at the peak of the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower. The radiant seems correct for Leo rising in the east.

There is a rare amount of meteor detail in this shot. A particle streaks ahead of an awesome double afterglow and colorful train.

ISO 1600, K20D with an old Super Takumar m42 50mm 1:1.4 open all the way for 6 seconds and continuous.

I didn't crop or reframe the photo at all. The train even hung around for the the next exposure that started over 6 seconds later.

50mm isn't that big a field. I was about to switch to a much wider but slower lens. Glad I didn't, it is like the thing is posing for the 50mm.

A closeup of the afterglow is here.

A closeup of the persistent train as it was disintegrating over 6 seconds later is here.

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Explored Nov 17, 2009 #23
Seen on the Your Best Shot 2009 Starry Sky Flickr Blog entry.
More info about the setup here.
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Dangerous Dave Astrophotography, and 322 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. K. Bonson 50 months ago | reply

    Hi! I'm an Admin of For The Love Of Science! Group and I would love for this photo to be added!

  2. Filan 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called KISS (Keep it simple stupid), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. photography by jeff dixon 49 months ago | reply

    amazing catch man!
    I'm hoping to get out tonight for the lyrid even though the moon is out.

  4. Navicore 49 months ago | reply

    cool. me too. i tried this morning after the moon set but it was overcast.

  5. gishmoon 48 months ago | reply

    What an amazing shot!

  6. ~Urban Prowler~ (www.anshumm.com) 46 months ago | reply

    outrageously lucky indeed. but very skillful as well. I haven't seen a paralell for this shot yet

  7. danielle ouimet 45 months ago | reply

    wow!! very beautiful!!

  8. Omiso 45 months ago | reply

    great image!!! well done!!

  9. Kpax Smith 45 months ago | reply

    very cool ... great capture

  10. Kuzeyli48 44 months ago | reply

    Wow!! Cool catch ;o))

  11. henryjones1983 44 months ago | reply

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  12. muahadu 42 months ago | reply

    this is awesome!

  13. BobbyUllmann 41 months ago | reply

    that is a incredible shot.

  14. jasonwchan 40 months ago | reply

    Oh wow, I commented on the wrong meteor shot! Now THIS one is stunning! Great job, lucky indeed! ;)

  15. Alex Quiambao 33 months ago | reply

    wow perfect framing...very nice my friend

  16. PM Breakfast 31 months ago | reply

    This is like winning the Lottery! Spectacular!

  17. Ivan . 25 months ago | reply

    Fantastic work..!! is a great example to follow.

  18. DrWurm 20 months ago | reply

    I saw this meteor in San Luis Obispo! I'm glad you got a photo of it, so I know I wasn't hallucinating that it was white-violet. After I saw it, I did some quick trigonometry which seemed to indicate it passed right overhead of Santa Barbara. Sure enough, I looked a day or two later and found this news blurb and photo: www.keyt.com/younews/70330322.html

  19. Navicore 20 months ago | reply

    , Wow! Thanks for the link. That was a great one, the train hung around disintegrating for a send shot, very unusual.

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