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2009 Leonid Meteor

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.



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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Taken on November 17, 2009