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Default Some pictures of Perseiden Meteor Shower

Hey, I made some pictures of the Perseiden meteor shower. I didn't manage to get the big meteors. It was spectacular when watching them fly over the sky. I have only 3 hits with my camera.

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Meteors are typically best after midnight, but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch for Perseid meteors in late evening as well. You can get moonrise times via this custom sunset calendar. As seen from around the world, the waning crescent moon will rise later on August 12 than on August 11, and, on the morning of August 13, although youíre slightly past the peak, the moon will rise later still. On any of those mornings, moonlight shouldnít be so overwhelming as to ruin the show. Plus the moon on those mornings will be near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky. Itíll be a beautiful early morning scene. The Perseids are typically fast and bright meteors. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. You donít need to know Perseus to watch the shower because the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the yearís best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. These meteors are often bright and frequently leave persistent trains. Starting in late evening on the nights of August 10/11, 11/12 and 12/13. The Perseid meteors will streak across these short summer nights from late night until dawn, with only a little interference from the waning crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky.
The Big Dipper. The component stars are the seven brightest of the formal constellation Ursa Major.


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I went out last night... all I got was an accidental Milky Way photo.

Glad to see you grabbed a meteor!

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nice, what camera did you use and how long were the exposures?
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nice, what camera did you use and how long were the exposures?
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I was the last two nights out with some friend till sunrise. We saw really much of them.
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This is what I walked away with. No meteors, but I like the accidental Milky Way action...



(16mm f/4 40" ISO 3200)

Also, for fun, a photo of one of my friend's Golden Retrievers that I took last night too. ISO 25,600, no noise reduction.



Dogs are like meteors, right?

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In the neighborhood of 300. It was cloudy on and off all night though.

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This is what I walked away with. No meteors, but I like the accidental Milky Way action...

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'tis a plane.

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I thought about trying to watch and take some pictures. There was too much light pollution though. That just one reason I hate streetlights.
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Pictures are really nice.
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I saw a few aquarids the other night, haven't been able to catch any perseids, I don't think. I'm amazed, though, since I could only see about 15 or 20 stars total. I was just sitting in the parking lot at my old apartments.
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