Damn meteors

So I got up incredibly early last night (2am) to shoot the Orionid meteor shower. I saw many meteors, but only caught one on the camera, this wee rainbow coloured one.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 22nd October 2009, This photo: 3:11am

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  • James Lagden said:
    You are in the right spot to see them.
  • accesser said:
    I'd be happy with that, The meteors can stay far far away from us
  • stargazer95050 said:
    My suggestion, shoot shorter exposure and higher ISO.
    The lower the aperture & ISO, the longer you have to expose to get a visible result. This works fine for the stars as they remain there for some time. A short meteor streak will result in faint results
    My image currently lacks the EXIF but the setting was 10s, f/2.8, ISO3200 (pushed ~ +1EV in post-processing) : www.flickr.com/photos/sharpshutter/4033003810/
  • golmuso said:
    i saw more the other night ....stayed up all lasty too and only saw a couple...no shots on cam but *damn*...well done and was nice to see ey?
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Was worth it you reckon Dave? I was going to stick my neck outside this morning but slept ;)
  • Garry' said:
    I couldn't be bothered David....
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Millisynth said:
    Gah! I didnt know about this meteor shower and missed it.
    Good to see someone was on the ball and made the effort.
    Nice work, Dave.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Nice David, well the one I got was a fluke...... so don't fell bad ;) I forgot to get up, before I went to bed I was standing outside gazing up like a kid, like I used to many many years ago, camping with family. I love looking at the stars, hoping to see a UFO or something ;) so just being out there is usually enough for me.
  • GJ Wind said:
    Wat a noise.
    Oh, stars. :-))
  • hectorarodriguezt said:
    I will try to see them tonight... I'm located at GMT -4 so it will be 5 hours before I try to see them
    Great tips stargazer95050
  • darvidanoar said:
    Yes, I popped out for a look too, but as I had to work today I didn't stick around more than 10 minutes to watch. Many of them were so feint and brief, so I ended up with similar results which I will post tonight. :)
  • mitchell burns said:
    cool.. have a look at this link, this guy has the coolest shots, but i suppose he has the gear to do it
  • looby88 said:
    I knew about them....
    1, it was piddling it down
    2, I went to bed
    : ))

    I would just like to point out that the above link.... Martin Pugh, though he took his pics in Aussie land, he is actually a pom !
  • David de Groot said:
    Actually, I reckon further west would have been better - Brisbane's glow was very pronounced this morning.
    Oh I dunno - a small one that burns up before it gets to land is always impressive. ;-)
    Towards the end I was going with 20 secs at 3200, f/5.6 as pushing it much more than that washed out the sky somewhat. My main problem was that there wasn't enough meteors to determine exactly where they were likely to occur and thus warrant breaking out the longer lens. I saw a couple of decent ones and thought, they must have ended up in the photo, but alas no.
    golmuso 'twas definitely nice to see, although I must confess I retreated to the car for a while and rested while the camera shot away on it's own - too cold outside and I had to go to work today.
    Hmmm, probably not actually, although it's always nice to see meteors, but the lack of sleep on a work night is something to consider too.
    Probably wise Garry. By the time Orion was high enough to be in the dark part of the sky, it was too high to get any decent foreground interest.
    It's still going for the next couple of days, just not as frequent. Look to the sky as Orion gets above the haze and glow of Brisbane.
    True, the night sky is quite wondrous. :)
    Indeed, lots of them too.
    Good luck!
    Yes very brief. Neat to watch, difficult to photograph, esp. when you're not fully awake.
    That's some serious kit he's got too.
    I expected rain (even though the sky was clear and no forecast of rain was evident) as it's nearly always cloudy when there's something interesting happening in the night sky, but no, it was clear, just not a very impressive show.