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Meteors

Meteors are much easier to see than to photograph. I have attempted to image meteors for several years and average one or two recognizable meteors for every 100 to 200 frames shot. Since they are so brief (and my reaction time is not the fastest), I have never tried to open the shutter when I saw a meteor flash by; I simply set the interval timer remote control (Canon TC80-N3) and let it take 1 or 2 minute exposures sequentially for most of the night. This is too much for even the Canon 1D battery, so I use the AC adapter to provide power. I also usually find dew accumulating on the lens after several hours in the cool night air, so I either warm the lens periodically with a small hairdryer or use a lens-warmer strip called a dew-zapper. These consist of a strip of resistance wire in a soft velcro band, supplied with low voltage DC current.

Several images, please scroll down.

A  Leonid meteor from 2002, the frame below it provides labels and the outline of the constellation :

 

A Perseid meteor from 2005: The fuzzy object just to the right of the meteor is the Andromeda galaxy, 2.5 million light years away.

Below, a composite with 3 Perseid meteors from August, 2007. The two lower meteors were captured in a single frame, the upper one was captured on a separate frame and superimposed by aligning the nearby stars.

 

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