Meteor Shower Photography

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  1. Des H

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    Hi guy's

    Expecting a meteor shower in the next few hours, Would any of you know how to take a nice clear picture of the shower.the weather conditions are not great mostly cloudly and wet.but im hoping to maybe catch a clear window.

    I would be very greatful if anybody could give me some advice on exposure f/stops etc if you could please...........Thanks guys
     
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    Depends on what your looking for? If you want to show the movement of the meteors you need to keep your shutter open pretty long. I'm not sure how fast they move. However when I take pictures of the sky at night...I use a about f/8- f/12. I'm new this too so I may be doing something wrong. However from what I'm concerened if you use a low f stop like f/4 your going to be not getting a far enough depth of field. You can always turn up your iso to take the pictures quicker if you want. The only problem with this is your going to get more noise ( less clarity )

    Thats my 2 cents.. hoped it helped
     
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    When is this meteor shower? and is it just in ireland or will scotland see it too??
     
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    Ill be out for this too and im in USA
     
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    I believe it's worldwide. I guess this link is kind of specific to North America/US, but has good info on what's going on.

    NASA - The 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower
     
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    I'll be out, currently trying to find a good spot away from the city. (San Jose, CA)

    I don't think you have to worry about the DOF too much when you're focusing that far out.
     
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    Well have a huge meteor shower picture thread showoff!
     
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    answering a few questions here sorry if i forget sombody...Think it can be seen from scotland.......dont want to up the iso..as i feel i would loose quality...

    just need to be told what to do to be honest..my first night time photography was a bit of a disaster ...
     
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    Go with long or longer exposures and high aperatures. Tripod is a MUST
     
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    alex i have the tripod.im using the canon 400D or the rebel xti for our friends in the states.....but not being a night photographer.i have no idea of the settings to use
     
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    Just mess around with the exposure time and F stop. Keep your iso at about 200 or 100 or so. Maybe 300 id say. And shoot raw, to have controll over WB after the shower is over cause it cant be recomposed!
     
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    Put it in manual...put it on a tripod...put the f stop from 8-12 then adjust the shutter speed till the light meter is in the middle. then take the picture and wait. If its too dark try either a longer shutter speed or try moving the f stop lower. And vice versa. Your shutter speed is probably going to be around 20-40 seconds depending on where your located and how much light is getting to the sensor.
     

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