Perseid Meteors Penetrating Circumpolar Star Trails

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This is one far better when Viewed Large on Black

I sure got lucky with my brightest meteor caught this year going right through the North Star/Polaris (at the middle of all the circles). There are at least 4 clear Perseids in this image, but I saw many more when the shots where being taken.

Notes: 232 30 second exposures were stacked with 1 dark frame. I did clone out one annoying plane traversing the scene (painful).

Update: For stacking, those of you commenting that your computer wouldn't handle having that many images open, not to worry. For this I used the free Startrails Application that will open them one at a time and blend and then move on to the next. You can also point it to any dark frames you took to assist with noise reduction. Or, if you prefer to fully work in PS you can use the free star trails action (some folks report this second link makes their anti-virus software act up, but I know of no issues with any malware for this site and have used the action many times with no problems).

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  1. BStarrArt 44 months ago | reply

    Intense! Awe inspiring! Magical.....

  2. A Perry [deleted] 43 months ago | reply


  3. gerlos 43 months ago | reply

    wow... great image! Kudos!

  4. R-Joy's Photos 41 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot!

  5. Fine Art Photography of the bittermonkMT 1,000,000 37 months ago | reply

    I don't know anyone who invests more time and effort to get it right, and you DO!! Bravo, just brilliant stuff and I'm an instant Contact!

  6. belthelem 37 months ago | reply

    Excellent work!

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  7. Yannick Lefevre ✔ 36 months ago | reply

    a pure crazy vertigo :-))))

  8. BlueisCoool 36 months ago | reply

    Very nice capture - congrats!

  9. - Dave Morrow - 36 months ago | reply

    You got some fantastic compositions and overall photography. Really glad I found your work!

  10. AlejandroVi 35 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot!

  11. MurrayH77 35 months ago | reply

    . . .

  12. Sharper24 24 months ago | reply

    For all of the electrical drama in the sky, the foreground lighting , though subliminal, is excellently done.

  13. Larry Daugherty 23 months ago | reply

    AWESOME SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. A n t o i n e t t e 2 months ago | reply

    LOVE the artistic feel I get from this glorious phenomena of nature and your fabulous processing.

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