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Old 08-13-2007, 02:10 PM   #46
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It was pretty good but I was a bit disappointed as the newspaper said it was expected to have 60-120 meteors per hour between 12 and 3 am we probably saw around 30-40 in total, here's a couple of pics to bad I didn't catch any with my camera







still it was pretty cool just watching at the stars for hours
awesome pics! what kind of camera did you use? did you use a cable release?
the best way to capture meteors is to leave the aperture open for a couple hours.
you can get some great star trail photos that way too.
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Thanks! yes I used cable release, and had the camera at 2.8 aperture, ISO 800, and 30 seconds of exposition time

have you taken pics with the aperture opened for a couple of hours?? the first pic you can see the glow from the city lights we were about 50 km away from the city
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Thanks! yes I used cable release, and had the camera at 2.8 aperture, ISO 800, and 30 seconds of exposition time

have you taken pics with the aperture opened for a couple of hours?? the first pic you can see the glow from the city lights we were about 50 km away from the city
yes i have. i have to go to work pretty soon but when i get home tonight i can try to find the pics and scan them in.
one year i did capture a meteor in one of the pics too!

what kind of camera do you have? mine's VERY old lol.
i can't remember the brand name off hand though.
i haven't used it in a couple years
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I have the Canon 5D, and for this pics I used a 24.70 mm lense, I work in photography so I would love to see your pics, what gear do you use?
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I have the Canon 5D, and for this pics I used a 24.70 mm lense, I work in photography so I would love to see your pics, what gear do you use?
like i said i can't remember off hand what kind of camera it is.
it's an old manual one i bought when i went to art school about 20 years ago lol.
i don't do much photography so you'll probably think they suck haha!

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Great pics!
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It was pretty good but I was a bit disappointed as the newspaper said it was expected to have 60-120 meteors per hour between 12 and 3 am we probably saw around 30-40 in total, here's a couple of pics to bad I didn't catch any with my camera







still it was pretty cool just watching at the stars for hours
Those are amazing!!

I have a Fuji that has loads of manual settings, can you give me some basic tips on how create pics like this?
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thanks for the comments guys!!!

waynetravis can you give me the exact model of your camera? I'll be glad to give you some tips just to know exactly what you have
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if it had a red blinking light it was a plane.
probably one flying at a high altitude.
meteors would have a streaking tail (sometime short, sometimes long) and they can be different colors from reddish to yellowish to even bluish green.

a satellite would look white just like a star except it would be moving.
usually satellites are seen earlier in the evening before 10pm or so when they can still relfect the sun which is why we see them in the first place.
not because they have lights on them.

i still only saw the one meteor i saw.
i only checked once or twice after my last post before i finally went to bed around 3am.
That would be the fastest moving plane I have ever seen

it went across my entire field of vision of the sky in maybe 20 seconds
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Stuff like this is why I hate living in Las Vegas.
I didn't see anything, save for the spotlights that some sex toy shop has.
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Stuff like this is why I hate living in Las Vegas.
I didn't see anything, save for the spotlights that some sex toy shop has.
Yeah but those are beautiful as well
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The only way I can appreciate the mass power outages that accompany hurricanes is that you can see all the stars in the sky. Otherwise it's always like 10 or 15 stars in the sky, tops.

I didn't see a single thing last night.
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Great pics, Mofo!


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The only way I can appreciate the mass power outages that accompany hurricanes is that you can see all the stars in the sky. Otherwise it's always like 10 or 15 stars in the sky, tops.

I didn't see a single thing last night.
Speaking of "mass outages"...the power actually went out here tonight, a day after a meteor shower...arggh! Just lasted a few minutes, but it really changed the resolution of the sky. Apparently, the next round of meteors is the "Orionids" on October 21st (just thought I'd rub that in, Pla). Country living is really where it's at for these things...basically anywhere in the province, except where I am. I'm migrating inland to the stars for the next show.

So funny how many of us are complaining of sore necks! There's a device of some kind to be invented there...Star Neck 3000. Aside from being called Star Neck 3000, I have absolutely no idea how it would work.
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I believe it's called a reclining lounge chair.
And there's a cheaper model out called a blanket!
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I have the Canon 5D, and for this pics I used a 24.70 mm lense, I work in photography so I would love to see your pics, what gear do you use?
ok mofo i found my pics...only took me about an hour and a half of searching haha.
and the type of camera is a Pentax K1000.
told ya it was old.
i do have a zoom lens for it...i think it's a 70mm?
i'd have to check on that part.

anyway here are my very bad astronomy photos.
they're old so they didn't scan that well.

comet hale bopp 1997






leonid meteor shower (i think from 1999 or 2000? can't remember exact date sorry).

if you look really closely at the upper left corner you can barely see a meteor.
the very tail end of it is just barely in the pic.
you can tell it's a meteor cuz it goes at an opposite angle of the other star trails.


also if you look at the brighter star trails you can pick out the 'backwards question mark' of the head of leo the lion.


the north star (taken same night as leonid pic above)


re-entry space shuttle columbia july 1999

this was the mission in which Eileen Collins was the first woman shuttle commander.
i also made a photo collage of the pics i took that night and have it signed by her

i think most of these were taken with 400 or 800 speed film.
they are a little grainy.
is it because of the speed of film? or just time for a new camera?
or both?
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