Astrophotography

November 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This morning the Leonid Meteor Shower was supposed to happen.  I got up about 3:15am and headed out to the country to get away from the city lights.  I have never shot meteors before and I've tried to shoot stars from my backyard, but it's always been way too bright, so I would say this was my first real attempt at astrophotography.

As I pulled up to the shot where I was going to shoot, I got out and started getting my gear together and right away I saw a meteor!  I thought, "This is great!  Hopefully I will see a bunch more!"  Well, I only saw 6 total, and 2 of them were when I was actually shooting and they never showed up on the photo.  It was still very cool and an incredible experience.  Seeing all of those stars in the sky makes you realize just how small we really are.

The Leonid Meteor Shower get it's name from the constellation Leo.  They come out of the general direction of that constellation.  I wasn't sure exactly where Leo was in the sky, so downloaded the Night Sky app ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-night-sky/id475772902?mt=8&ls=1 ) on my Iphone.  You hold it up to the sky and it shows you what constellations are where as you move it around.  It worked great!

 

Have you ever attempted astrophotography before?  Were your results what you expected?  What are some tricks you have learned?

 

*EDIT* 6/11/13 - I deleted the photos from my album because they are no longer up to par for me :-)  Check out the newest in my astrophotgraphy gallery.


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