perseids auto contrast.jpg (230599 bytes)Perseid Meteor Shower

Spaceweather reported that on August 12 the Earth would pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from the shower's parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. Josie and I decided to do a little night photography. We worked together to set all the functions on my new camera and then headed west away from the city lights. St. Albans proved to have a wonderful spot to take photos. We set up camp in the parking lot of I guess what is the little town park by a lake. As we pulled the car into the lot  we startled a couple possums. One ran to the woods and one hovered in the darkness by the lake. It was creepy being watched as we unloaded the car and set up our tripods.

Taking photos in the dark requires a long time, each photo takes about 30 seconds to "click." A tripod is a must and it is sort of like fishing, you set up for the shot, press the button and wait. Catching a meteor would simply be luck. While we were setting up our gear I saw an incredible bright meteor fly across the sky. We aimed our cameras and then searched the sky for the bight flash. After you have been in the darkness for a while your eyes adjust and you begin to see that there is lots of light in darkness. Your eyes adjust.  I had fun taking night photos of the park swing set and the skyline. A couple times a meteor flashed across the sky in the frame of my camera but looking at the shots on my camera I didn't see any evidence of the meteor. When I put them on my computer I could see them. If you look at my photos you will see them in three of the shots. The night was surprisingly chilly for August so around 10:30 we called it a night. We were amused when we turned on the car lights and found that the possum eyes watching us from the park were actually the eyes of a cat. In fact there were two cats sitting in the park checking out the silly humans in the dark.

Here is a link to my photos