Camelopardalids Meteor Shower Astrophotography

So this morning I was up bright and early to try my hand at some astrophotography for the very first time, hoping to capture glimpses of the Camelopardalids meteor shower.  I was up from 0215 to 0415, shooting the south-eastern night sky from the comfort of my back deck in here in Sudbury, Ontario.  My camera was a Nikon D3S DSLR perched atop a Manfrotto 190D tripod.  My lens of choice for this shoot was a Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6 wide-angle zoom.  I used the camera’s built-in interval timer shooting feature to take 30 second exposures, every 35 seconds or so.  Exposures were made in manual exposure and focus mode at f5, 30 secs, ISO 3200 zoomed to 15mm.

The photos shown here are the only ones out of the 140 or so that I took which actually contained light trails.  Most of these trails were NOT from meteors however… some were from aircraft, some satellites, but there are one or two that I believe are actually meteors… but who knows!  I’m definitely not an astronomer.  I may not have even been looking in the right part of the sky… but this was as far as I was going to go with this.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

And here’s a time-lapse video of all the photos taken during the this session.

 

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