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Leonid Meteor shower tonight - How to shoot?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bob T, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Bob T

    Bob T Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Anyone have tips/tricks/advice for shooting a meteor shower?
    The Leonid shower is tonight, the skies should be clear and the moon is setting early.

    Never tried to do this before, hoping someone here has.

    I have a GH2 and a good tripod...
    I have the kit 14-42mm, the 45-200mm and the 20mm 1.7...
    I also have a bunch of Canon FD lenses...

    Heck, maybe it can't be done with my gear, but I thought I'd ask.:smile:
  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    You need it wide open and fast. The 20mm can do it or the 14-42 with ISO bump.
    Set the camera to the sky with long exposure and if you have a shutter release use it. If you don't use the timer and set it to 2 seconds.
    A good practice is to shot a test photo at a dim star and see how it comes.
  3. Bob T

    Bob T Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Thanks for the tips!
    No remote shutter release...something I should have, I guess.
  4. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Setup for time lapse and stack 'em all up at the end. Even if the meteors are a bust you still will get some star trails.

    All clouded over here so I'll be waiting vicariously ...
  5. Bob T

    Bob T Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    I principal I understood what you said, but as a Photoshop novice, I wouldn't have a clue how to do it...

    In other words....to hold your breath waiting....:rofl:
  6. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    Use the 20mm,stopped to f2. you should get 20-30 sec shots, do a test shot to check trailing of star
    Does the gh2 have 16mp sensor? If yes use iso1600, otherwise iso800
    You'll have to keep pressing the button, which s a pain...do you know where to point it? The meteors originate in Leo, check skymaps.com for its sky position.
    Also shoot after midnight, till say 3am, much better chances than early evening
  7. Bob T

    Bob T Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Thanks, I'll file that away for the next time I get a chance.:tongue:

    Got up at 2:45am and it turns out there is just too much light in the eastern horizon to see anything in the sky from my yard.
    Between all the neighbors that feel the need to keep porch lights/yard lights on at 3am, town about 3 miles away and Chicago 25 miles away...there was nothing.

    Oh well...if it had been in the western sky, I'd have been OK...
  8. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Another note, with the 20/1.7 and GH2, the manual focus scale cannot be trusted. If you focus to infinity, everything will be blurry.
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