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    Default Perseid meteor

    I caught this Perseid fireball streaking through the Big Bear (Big Dipper) on August 11th...




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    Thats cool! Thanks for sharing.
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    I went out on the dock to watch and there were too many low clouds to see much. Thanks for sharing. Any others?
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    I'm not a photographer, but I understand it takes a lot of knowledge and high end equipment to capture the night sky like that. What equipment do you use?

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    Did you enhance the stars in the big dipper or are they really that much brighter?
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    Thanks for comments!

    Mike D., no end equipment needed for such a shot. I used a cheap tripod(lightwieght for hiking), Canon Digital Rebel 300D, and a Sigma lens at 24mm. This can be done with any camera capable of taking a 20" exposure.

    Mount camera on tripod, set aperature to wide setting, focus on infinity. Brachet exposures, because the meter is not reliable under these conditions. Those are the basics.

    Tips: Learn how to focus at infinity in daylight with a distant peak, etc., because you cannot do it at night. Focus at infinity and make a mark on the lens barrel for reference at night. Also, try setting up in your home at night without lights for practice. A red led headlamp is extremely useful.



    Bill O, no filters or anything. The Dipper stars are that much brighter than surrounding stars.

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    that is cool nice shot ,thanks for sharing
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    you should summit this for the Photo Journal
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    Any hot pixels after 20 seconds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    Any hot pixels after 20 seconds?
    Yes. If you look closely you'll see some small, bright red "stars". Those are actually hot pixels. I will put the image back in Photoshop and zap those.

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