Friday, August 2, 2013

Last night's meteor candidates probably aren't Perseids

possible meteor
10 sec single exposure, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 300mm

This first one is especially frustrating! I was taking 10 sec exposures in the constellation Scutum while trying to locate M11, the Wild Duck Cluster. During an exposure, I visually saw a shooting star near the stars that I knew were in frame. When I dumped my files onto the computer, I was pretty pumped because I figured this had to be the meteor I saw last night. With some review, however, it appears this is most likely a satellite. The line is too narrow and uniform, and fades out without getting fatter first.

possible meteor
Single exposure 15 sec, f/2.7, ISO 1600, 6.2mm, Canon Powershot A3100 IS

possible meteor

This next one has some potential to be a real meteor. The trail is short and it shows up on this much wider shot. The down side is I can't figure an origin in any active meteor showers. Positioned between Bootes and Draco, I figure if it is a meteor it must just be a random one.  

The good thing about leaving the camera out at night to take back to back meteor hunting pictures is that you get to stack the photos to create your own "constellation prize" (yuk yuk yuk) even if you don't find anything.

273 images stacked, each 15 sec, ISO 1600

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