Quick! How Do I Get Shots of the Meteors Tonight?

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    Meteor shower tongiht (August 12). I have this great, digital camera (Canon, EOS 30D). I know it's capable of shooting metors or anything else. Problem is, I'm not.

    Anyone have any tips on how to get this one done? I have a very good tripod as well.

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    Does it have the equivalent of what was once referred to as a "bulb" setting where you could leave the digital equivalent to the shutter open for as long as you want?
     
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    Best suggestion, come into the Coffee Shop and ask your question there. We've recently acquired a couple of amateur astronomers who specialize in photography of heavenly objects. They'll probably have some good ideas for you.
     
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    Post them up if you get some good ones
     
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    This camera could perform brain surgery if you wanted it to. Answer: Yup.
     
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    You got me curious so I got out my National Georgraphic Photographer's Field Guide. There's nothing in there about meteor showers but to does address star trails which are probably pretty close. Something like this (paraphrased):

    Star trail need fast film (high ASA setting). Aim the camera in the direction of the sky where you know the meteors will be. Use a wide open f-stop and expose from 15 minutes to four hours. You'll get best results on a moonless sky away from city lights.

    Don't forget a rock-solid tripod.


    Good luck!
     
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    Pray for clear skies
     
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    Okay if our resident astronomer doesn't check in soon enough on the Coffee Shop thread, I did find this which might be helpful:


     
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    Grumpy bears, kangaroos relaxing, and cats are popular. Personally, I'd recruit one of Manifold's friends. It is going to be a long night.

    Remember: Despite your best efforts. Meteors are going to be streaks of light on your pic. Unless one starts getting alot bigger in your frame. In that case, duck!
     
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    They call them the Perseids because they will appear to come from the around the constellation Perseus. Look up a star chart ahead of time if you don't know it already - there are a bunch online that can be adjusted to your location and desired time. That way you'll know where to point it. ;)

    Make sure you have a perfectly steady tripod and mount and leave the shutter open. The cable release is a great idea if you don't have the open shutter as a camera setting. If you can adjust the field you'll want the widest possible view.

    Make sure any flashlight you take out with you is shielded, a piece of red cellophane held on with a rubber band works well enough for me. You don't want the glare either on your pic or in your eyes after they adjust.

    I envy you guys, it's clouds and rain tonight here. The one solid day of rain in a drought and it had to be today of all days. If you get good pics, post some! :sad:
     
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