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08-11-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Tips for photographing meteor showers


Tomorrow night I will go and try to photograph Perseid Meteor Shower. It will my first attempt of shooting something like this.

Equipment: Pentax K5IIs body, DA15mm F4 Ltd, Sigma 35mm f1.4, tripod, Pixel TW-282 tx wireless remote timer. Altitude will be around 2000 meters.

Any tips of any kind about exposure, camera settings, etc? many thanks in advance!

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I have almost no experience with this. However, you might find useful some of the information in the thread below — perhaps especially one of the last entries.
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Use as long a shutter speed as possible without losing dark sky. Use a wide angle. Expose, examine, adjust, expose, etc.

iso 3200, f4.5, 25" works in the country.
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
Use as long a shutter speed as possible without losing dark sky. Use a wide angle. Expose, examine, adjust, expose, etc.

iso 3200, f4.5, 25" works in the country.
Yes...long exposure. A tracking device is helpful. The meteor rate can be quite variable and the last time I viewed the Perseids, there were generally no more than 2 or 3 present at one time and often none. The cool thing is that the Perseids is known for bright tails and fireballs/bolides.

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try yer 15mm wide open, focus infinity preferably manual, iso 400+/- and ya prolly can get 25-30 exposure time.......or the 31mm, wide open or a stop down, iso 800+/- and maybe 10-15 sec exposure time........turn off shake reduction and noise reduction....for noise reduction take a few of your own dark frames(cap on lens at same settings for corresponding exposure)......that way you don't hafta an entire minute for every 30 exposure......also wb will be a preference depending on local light pollution.......examine and experiment
good luck, dark, clear skies and happy shooting!
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I dont like the 15 for astro photography. It might be ok for what your lookin for here if you get a meteor anywhere in the centre. i used it last year for the aurora but the vignette at F4 is fairly severe. I tend to underexpose to get a shorter shutter speed and then bring it up later, that kind of adds to the problem, vignette removal in lightroom didnt seem to fix it very well. If you end up getting a meteor close to a corner and you want to crop, i think the 15 will disappoint. I also used a sigma 17-50 2.8 and got far better results with that.

My advice would be to switch around your lenses and take a few shots with each. Alot of the time with night photography what looks good on the back of the screen doesn't look great on the computer.


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