Photographing a Meteor Shower

Photographing a Meteor Shower

photo credit – David Kingham

In my articles A Lighthouse at Night and Mise Tales Twenty-Four I mentioned how brilliant the meteor showers were in a lighthouse environment because of lack of light pollution.

In his article Complete Guide to Photograph the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower David Kingham shows the methods he uses to capture the beauty of a meteor shower. The photo above shows the result! Yes, the 2013 shower is over, but you can practice and prepare for the 2014 display.

According to Wikipedia:

The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels on its 133-year orbit. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity between 9 and 14 August, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.

David Kingham says:

The radiant of the Perseids (where the meteors originate from) travels through the Northeast sky . … This does not mean you should point your camera directly Northeast though. My recommendation is to face directly North if you’re shooting in portrait orientation (recommended) this way the radiant lands on the right edge of the frame. Why do you want this? . . . more

There is lots more information and help available on his article mentioned above.I just wish I had a camera that could take photos like this!



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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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