Orionid capture during time lapse sequence

This past weekend I was out at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. We had awesomely clear skies Saturday night (and the temps dropped to right about 20 F by morning – brrrr!), but I managed to get two time lapse sequences shot (unfortunately not with the dolly; forgot the power cord that connected the battery with the controller :-/ ). However, I managed to catch at least two meteors (that I’ve seen in my photos so far, anyway), one a sporadic, one an Orionid. The photo here (click to enlarge) has the Orionid in it, right at the horizon on the left side. In the foreground relative to the meteor is an orangish glow of a cliff face, which is Seneca Rocks itself. (for scale, it is about 300′ high, and I am more than a mile, mile and a half away) 25 second exposure, f/3.8, 21mm lens, 3200 ISO. The Praesepe (aka, Beehive Cluster, M44)) is the cluster of stars just above the middle tree, the bright star just right of center is Procyon, the very bright star far right is Sirius. Saturn is the brightish star up and slightly right from the meteor trail.

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3 Responses to Orionid capture during time lapse sequence

  1. Daniel Smith says:

    Hey Mark. Do you have a Youtube channel or something where you post your time lapse movies?

  2. mpittinger says:

    Have you ever tried Meteor hunting using a FM radio receiver? It’s simple to do. A wide band receiver capable of receiving radio signals above 100 MHz (old AM/FM/SW/TV multi-band radio) with outside antenna, a laptop with microphone and Spectran application (free version). This setup makes it easy to count even the faintest meteors, independent of weather conditions (cloud cover or clear) within a large portion of the sky, day or night.

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