2010 Perseid Meteor Shower Composite

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This composite image features the meteors from the Perseids that I caught in roughly an hour of shooting time last Thursday night near peak viewing. You can clearly see the meteors are all traveling along the same line from the Perseid radiant (located near the "Double Star Cluster" of Perseus), a hallmark of meteor showers.

Shot Notes: I set up in Teller County, CO at the Dome Rock State Wildlife Area parking lot. Light pollution was pretty strong but I still managed to have a fun night out! I shot a total of 207 frames at 3200 ISO, f/3.2, 17 seconds for this series. The composite was constructed from 9 of those shots. Two frames provided a bit of foreground illumination/interest via two passing car's headlights and the rest featured the seven meteors you see here. I caught other meteors but they are not included due to likely not being a Perseid or being obscured by clouds. With luck I will upload a time-lapse video and you all can see the clouds and light pollution I was contending with. ;-)))

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  1. lost soul~ 45 months ago | reply

    waow!! speechless .. the meteors are dancing .. :)

  2. Nathan Van Arsdale 45 months ago | reply

    Hey... my parent's live in Teller county off of Teller 1. where about's do you live?

  3. Fort Photo 45 months ago | reply

    Thanks so much for the kind words all!

    , I live in Fort Collins in Larimer County. I've been in Teller working on a biological inventory for work, the history in the area is fascinating!

  4. esther** 45 months ago | reply

    wow what a spectacular scene......... your work is perfect!

  5. Justin Smith - Photography 45 months ago | reply

    This is one of the best ones I've seen of the meteors so far. I'm really impressed with the lack of camera noise.

  6. Bob West 45 months ago | reply


  7. A guy with A camera 45 months ago | reply

    very nice capture!!

  8. gainesp2003 44 months ago | reply

    Very cool! You caught some nice ones here! I only bagged one this year!

  9. 2lazy7 44 months ago | reply

    Great job! This is what I was shooting for, but I just didn't get much cooperation from the meteors :) Very nice!

  10. mmeastman (in and out this month) 44 months ago | reply

    Great shot. I saw about 30 meteors in one hour. West Texas has some of the darkest skies in the US.

  11. Y~L .... [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    magnificent & perfect composition on the sky, this one is so great great
    lovely soft light too on mountains

  12. Rozanne Hakala 44 months ago | reply

    This is so impressive Michael! We have so much light pollution it's hard to see anything in my area... but this is fantastic!

  13. mimbrava 44 months ago | reply

    You call this light pollution? Boy, are you spoiled, Michael!

  14. andy8choi 44 months ago | reply

    Amazing !!!

  15. Gary Randall 44 months ago | reply

    Brilliant shot! : )

  16. Wilfried.B 44 months ago | reply

    Beautiful composite, nice job!

  17. Trevor Anderson 44 months ago | reply

    Great capture of the perseids!

  18. Bev'sPhotos 44 months ago | reply

    Bigger is so much better.
    An incredible picture!!

  19. miwa** 44 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot!!

  20. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 36 months ago | reply

    Marvelous image, nicely composed and shot. Very well done.

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