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    The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Anyone staying up late to try and grab a few pics?

    We're in for clear skies in the south and this year's shower is supposed to be particularly intense.

    I only ever captured one, about six years ago - really faint (centre frame)



    Any tips for the best settings?

    Wide aperture, 200 ISO and 30 secs exposure?
    Last edited by Spreadie; 11-08-2016 at 07:24 PM.
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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Cloud
    Bum.

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Best to up the ISO, make it 3200 or so, use a smaller aperture f8, and yeah, 30s shots.

    Check shots and adjust timing as necessary.

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    I think the whole of Lincs is under one big grey boring cloud sadly.. I'll be interested in any snaps you manage to take!

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Put the camera down, enjoy the view and make a wish

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Cloudy, bugger it.

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    off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Put the camera down, enjoy the view and make a wish
    Then take MOAR PICTURES!!


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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    It'll be visible for several hours - I think I'll have time to enjoy the view.
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!


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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Found dew was an issue when I tried taking some pictures too and having an electronic remote release and a decent tripod is useful too.


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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    ISO3200 f/1.8 20s

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Shutter speed is down to your focal length, I tend to stick to 15s at 50mm as above that I seem to notice things beginning to move. You can increase that time if you're wider, decrease if you're longer.

    Aperture as wide as you can get it (e.g. not all lenses are capable or limited to f/1.8).

    ISO as fast as your can get-away with, which depends entirely on the particular sensor you have, it's worth doing some experimentation or investigation on what sensor you have. Some modern ones are pretty great at read-noise.

    You can further improve read noise by enabling long exposure noise reduction in your camera. This takes an exposure of equal length but with the shutter closed. The read-noise generated can be subtracted from the source image and used to cancel out a lot of it. But when taking lots of photos this can get annoying. Instead you can do this by hand by taking a few "dark" shots throughout the evening before your camera's sensor has cooled down and then do the extraction in Photoshop, or Dark Skies Stacker.

    But by far the biggest issue you'll have this evening is the weather forecast. I'm not going to stay/get up for them this year because despite living in the country I've never had an especially successful evening on a clear night. Trying to catch a glimpse through clouds is not worth it.

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Obviously getting away from light is a good idea and making sure there is nothing else in frame that can reflect artificial light back into your lens. Use your lens hood, it's designed to shade your lens from the harsh sunlight, but the same applies to other light sources on a dark night.

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    Re: The Perseid shower - Anyone staying up for it?

    Saw some fantastic sights last night, but couldn't manage capture just one on camera.

    Seriously, one was so long and low it cleaved the visible sky in two. It was incredible.
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!


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