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Lyrid meteors with aurora

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I took 150 shots over 2 hours and only caught half a dozen meteors. This shot is a composite of those images: one main image with a handful of imported (and rotated) meteors from other shots. I think there may have been more, but the aurora were out all night. Also, long exposure noise reduction meant that my camera sensor was only actually capturing light <50% of the time.

I took a nap so I could stay up late, and I scouted this location in the daylight (treacherous walking) using a compass and some information I got using Cybersky (so I would know the rough location of the radiant point of the shower.)

space the final frontier, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. astroZ1 36 months ago | reply

    Thanks for your comment and favorite on my pic! Yes, persistence does pay off! You've got quite a nice bunch of meteors there. Beautiful foreground and aurora. And yes, I have seen the movie Contact.

  2. david moug 36 months ago | reply

    Great image, you can never lose with a water reflection like that.

  3. snapdragginphoto 36 months ago | reply

    I'm glad you got it... we've been having showers of a different sort here for the weekend. That aurora is a beautiful addition to the shot, especially reflected in the water, though I suppose they're quite bothersome when shooting for meteors. All in all, I wouldn't mind sitting up with you there to walk off with an image or two like this... well done!

  4. SannePhotos (S. Douthitt) 36 months ago | reply

    this is phenomenal, love it!

  5. nature_photonutt (Sue AWAY FOR A BIT) 36 months ago | reply

    Awesome image, Kevin. You are very dedicated to go out for hours in the cold and by yourself too!

  6. cup4tml 36 months ago | reply

    Well done, your patience paid off!

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