Jim Doty - Photo Blog

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Perseid metor shower goes on all month, but peaks the evening of August 11-12. It is usually better after midnight. Look high in the northeastern skys about 45 degrees above the horizon.

To photograph the meteors, use 400 or 800 speed film, or set your digital camera to ISO 400 or 800. Use a medium to wide angle lens set to an aperture around f/2 or f/2.8. If you don't have a fast lens, set your lens to its widest aperture. Put the camera on a tripod, point it high in the sky above the northeastern horizon. Set focus on infinity. Lock the shutter open and take pictures between 10 and 15 minutes long. This works best with dark skys away from city lights. In the city, cut your exposures to 3-5 minutes.

With luck - luck being the operative word - you will catch a meteor on film or your imaging sensor.


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