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Happy Perseids everybody! It is the week of the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor shower. This coming Aug. 11th. 12th and 13th mark the three mornings that will showcase the peak of the Perseids with as many as 50 meteors an hour or more! So how do you get the most out of this opportunity? Today on the Astro Photog Podcast, Aaron goes over advice for those WITH and WITHOUT plans to photograph the meteor shower. He then ends with a new segment, Geek Time, in honor of Brendon’s Gear Time.
Astro Primer Info
In the Astro Primer I give the news most of you already know, it is New Moon week and with that comes great nights EVERY night.
The Northern Hemisphere has a vertical Milky Way from the moment full darkness starts up until the Galactic Core sets on you early in the morning. The core sets LONG before the Astronomical Twilight period begins so plan on going out at the beginning of the night.
The Southern Hemisphere night begins with the Core high in the sky and then moves into a better position for photography come early morning before the Galactic Core sets beyond the horizon around 4am Perth, Australia time.
Perseid Meteor Shower!
The highlight of the Astro Primer is the main subject of today’s podcast, the Perseid Meteor Shower! One of the year’s BEST Meteor Showers is appearing without the moon again and is set to make 2018 a magical time for Meteor Shower photography!
Meteor Shower Viewing Tips
We begin with general Meteor viewing tips as given from the EarthSky.org article linked below. They are:
1- Find a dark, open sky with as little obstructions that you can get so you can see all the many meteors across the sky.
2- Give yourself at least an hour of observing time to see a lot and most importantly, get your eyes adjusted to the darkness of night.
3- Know that all meteors all come from a single point in the sky, the radiant.
4- Bring a reclining chair and some warm drink of your choice to fully enjoy in massive comfort.
5- Be patient! All good things come to those that wait!
Faroe Islands Workshops
I once again remind and encourage all of you fence sitters that are thinking about joining us in the Faroe Islands to know that it isn’t too late to join us in September! Register your spot here: https://goo.gl/jYZEZd
Meteor Shower Photography
In Segment Two, I go over tips for your Meteor Shower Photography. They are:
1- Wide Angle lens and obviously the largest aperture you have.
2- Take a Timelapse and more importantly PRACTICE taking a timelapse before you go out.
3- Shutter 30 seconds with 3 seconds interval between each shot for your timelapse settings.
4- Battery Grip/Power bank/Goal Zero/Timer to remind you to check your battery. Anything to make sure you capture for hours.
5- LOTS of memory card space so you can constantly be capturing so you don’t miss a meteor.
6- Capture the Foreground during Blue Hour or Light Paint it. Get that Foreground sharp and clean.
7- Combine Foreground and your many meteor frames using Photoshop doing your blend of choice.
Astro Photog Geek Time
Lastly, in our first episode of GEEK TIME I teach the origin of the Perseid Meteor Shower thanks to the Comet Swift-Tuttle and explain the consistency of meteor showers.
Articles mentioned in the podcast:
Nick Page’s video about fixing Halos: https://youtu.be/ohGqYQ1Oa7U
My mostly mediocre Perseids shot from 2016. The image from the second night and didn’t have a 3-hour shutter and all white.
Image from Page 13 of David Kingham’s ebook “Nightscape” of his Perseid Meteor Shower capture.
14mm 30 seconds f2.8 ISO 3200, 24-Image Blend
Remember! Get out there and have a Photog Adventure of your own! And this weekend on the 11th, 12th and 13th is a GREAT time to start! 😀
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