Got one: Orionid meteor breaking up, big show tonight

ev_orionids_20120001After three nights of leaving the camera out aimed at the Orion constellation, using the tips I wrote about earlier in the week, I finally snagged a nice image of a meteor breaking up as it nears earth (or at least I’m assuming that’s what it is, unless something else really strange was happening). I simply had my Nikon D600 on its tripod, with the intervalometer set to 20 second exposures at f/4, ISO 400. The image you see is cropped, as I had my lens set wide at 24mm to get as many sightings as possible.

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I’m glad I got one last night, as I was thinking that maybe I was aiming too low and needed to go for higher in the sky. As you can see though, this one was right in the treeline, so for tonight I’m planning to work from there upwards. I’m not sure you can see it well in the web version, but the meteor clearly splits into two as it moves. I hope you have some success as well and do share your experiences and images!


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