Shooting a Meteor Shower

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by acnomad, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. acnomad

    acnomad Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 5, 2016
    With the Perseids visible (hopefully) next week, I'm hoping to get some shots. Any suggestions?
  2. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2016
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Rob Campbell
    Put 'er in LiveComp and aim up!


    ok, slightly less glib, for your live comp settings, set everything as high/open as it'll go. ISO1600, 30s, f2.0 for a 12mm, up to 40s for wider angle lenses. You will want wide angle, because the meteors are not exactly localized. Be prepared to spend a few hours outside and bring fresh batteries. G'luck!
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  3. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    I've been reading that the best bet is to aim the camera about 45 degrees to either side of the origin point of the shower.
  4. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
  5. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Like fireworks or a thunderstorm, I suggest you set up a tripod and take multiple exposures to combine in post later. I might try to photograph the Perseids myself at the weekend, although I'm a total novice at astrophotography and I'm not sure I can take the frustration of staying up most of the night to get a load of pics I'm unhappy with!