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TBF   US  Registered since 24th Apr 2012 Fri 10-Aug-12 08:08 PM
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"Perseid meteor shower photos"



This weekend the peak of the Perseid meteor shower will provide a great opportunity to get photos of the night sky with a conjunction of the waning crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter and, with some luck, a meteor trail or two. Here is a link to the event itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=106ne66KAuw

Now if someone with some experience with the photographic perameters as they apply specifically to the capabilities of the 5100 could give us a tip sheet, I would be a happy boy. (I know a manual camera and film would be more suited to the job, but lets go with 5100 for now.)

Wed. night I saw a grand fireball streak across the Eastern sky, trailing sparks, fragments and a filmy green tail: not even holding a camera, though I might have been frozen by the sight even if I had been. Tips anyone? Tom Forker

  

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ctdrummer Silver Member  Southern CT, US  Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012 Fri 10-Aug-12 08:21 PM
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#1. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos"
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Here's an article:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/digital-photography-101-how-to-photograph-meteor-showers.html#b

Good luck!


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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit.   Seattle, WA, US  Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006 Fri 10-Aug-12 08:33 PM
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Fri 10-Aug-12 08:35 PM by JosephK


I have tried this a few times, and might again this weekend. There is not really anything camera specific.

Tripod
Remote release
wide-ish angle lens

Focus can be a bit tricky. Using f/4 to f/5.6 to get a reasonable DOF for error purposes, I would focus manually on the stars if auto-focus does not work.

Set the camera in manual exposure mode for say, 20 second shutter speed and f/4. Adjust the ISO to get the exposure right.

I would recommend turning off any long-exposure noise reduction.

(When I get home I will check the settings of my previous outing.)

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D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit.   Seattle, WA, US  Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006 Fri 10-Aug-12 10:06 PM
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#3. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos"
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There is also some good info in a thread in our Landscape forum:
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=162&topic_id=67631&mesg_id=67631&page=

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

  

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TBF   US  Registered since 24th Apr 2012 Fri 10-Aug-12 11:43 PM
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Thanks for sending me along those link trails: I particularly like the idea of using the intervalometer to automate (though randomizing) the process. Tom

  

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cwils02 Gold Member  HIXSON, US  Nikonian since 19th Apr 2012 Sun 12-Aug-12 11:12 PM
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#5. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos"
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>
>Focus can be a bit tricky. Using f/4 to f/5.6 to get a
>reasonable DOF for error purposes, I would focus manually on
>the stars if auto-focus does not work.
>
>Set the camera in manual exposure mode for say, 20 second
>shutter speed and f/4. Adjust the ISO to get the exposure
>right.
>

Why would you not set focus manually to infinity?

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TBF   US  Registered since 24th Apr 2012 Sun 12-Aug-12 11:34 PM
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#6. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos"
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Unlike manual focus lenses, most, if not all, AF lenses do not have a positive infinity stop so turning the focusing ring to the end point will not necessarily focus the lens on infinity. It may include that if the aperture is small enough. Tom

  

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