Anyone going to catch the meteor shower tonight?

flight3flight3 Posts: 379Member
edited April 2013 in General Discussions
Just curious if anyone will be staying up late or waking up early to catch the shower and possibly snap some photos? I've been trying to for the past few meteor showers but my area was covered in clouds each time ~X( . I'll be trying once more, but I haven't decided whether I'll be staying up late or waking up early...I hear that it might peak a little before sunrise.

You can read more about it here: http://earthsky.org/tonight/lyrid-meteors-increase-while-moon-waxes-throughout-weekend
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  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 981Member
    I might check it out tonight. Probably won't take any pictures.
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • BesoBeso Posts: 462Member
    I may stay up depending on what happens with the cloud cover. To get decent photographs I would need to head east away from the city (Portland, Or). So if it looks like the clouds are going to clear I might just grab my camera, tripod, and do a little night trip.
    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • flight3flight3 Posts: 379Member
    @Beso
    Nice, yea it's getting clearer, but we still have a little ways to go. If anything, I'm probably going to photograph some star trails while I'm out.
    Nikon D3100, 18-55mm VR, 50mm 1.8D, Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 OS, Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash www.dreshad.com
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    From about 4 AM to 5:15 AM....used multiple 30 second exposures..about 100+.....caught one airplane flying overhead...LOL
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  • JohnJohn Posts: 134Member
    I don't know if it's related to the mentioned meteor shower but it looks like you had to be in Argentina to watch the fireworks.
  • flight3flight3 Posts: 379Member
    edited April 2013
    So I woke up at 4 and the sky was filled with clouds, but they cleared by 430. I went out then, but I didn't have much time until daylight came and took the stars away :/. Oh well there is another meteor shower in 2 weeks :D

    @John wow! that would have been awesome to see in person!
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  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 981Member
    I don't think it is supposed to be peak tonight but the weather is great and clear skys...going to try some moon shots and meteor watching.
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 981Member
    edited April 2013
    Double...
    Post edited by tcole1983 on
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • BesoBeso Posts: 462Member
    I went out last night, actually early this morning between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Clear skies, lots of stars but no meteors. :(
    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    What exposure settings are you folks using?
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  • VipmediastarVipmediastar Posts: 55Member
    What exposure settings are you folks using?
    When the weather clears in the windy city I'm going to try the following 30 seconds 1600 iso f 2.8 with d800 and 24-70
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  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    edited April 2013
    OK, I was using 30 seconds. f/8, ISO 320 on D4 35mm focal length...and this may have been a bit under exposed, although the airplane lights overhead were about right and I captured thousands of stars.

    We are, however, apart by a factor of 32....or five f/stops
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  • autofocusautofocus Posts: 625Member
    edited April 2013
    @Vipmediastar- Here is a photo with those settings taken on a cloudy night. Nothing to look at but you get the idea of what it will produce. This is straight out of camera jpg resized only. This is with D800, ISO 1600, 30 sec, Nikon 24-70mm, f2.8 @ 35mm

    D800_24-70
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  • flight3flight3 Posts: 379Member
    I was at 30 seconds, F10 and ISO 100. Tho I also went on to about about a minute long exposures.
    Nikon D3100, 18-55mm VR, 50mm 1.8D, Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 OS, Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash www.dreshad.com
  • VipmediastarVipmediastar Posts: 55Member
    Thanks autofocus. I have a few spots in mind to try out. I want to keep the shots under 30 secs to avoid star trails for my first sets. Doing some searches for settings I found those recommendations a while ago and saved them in my to do list app.

    Hopefully it gets warm soon and the sky clears up so that I can finally try it.


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  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    My conclusion is...I will do a lot of testing the next time I try this. I think I will attempt my shots near an observatory as ground light is the worst enemy of long exposures.
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