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#1 shahgazer

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

While doing a 30 sec exposure of myself in front of the giant 30" Dobsonian telescope, the very bright sporadic meteor appear right on top of the Pleiades! I saw it at the corner of my eye, but since the 30 second exposure was still in progress, I had to keep my excitement to myself until the exposure is finish!

I was glad it turned out nicely. I've tried to photograph meteors for several years, and this was actually my very first successful shot!

What else can I say, an upside-down Orion rising (from my point of view!), starry nights despite the Moon still up the sky and causing shadows around the observing site, big Dobsonians to view the southern sky and a meteor passing near the Pleiades, AND I'm facing at the correct postion!! .... a picture perfect moment!

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This photo was taken during the Post-Eclipse Star Safari event, organized by 3RF AUstralia, at Coonabarabran, Australia on the weekend of 17-18 Nov 2012.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

Very cool!! Looks like you have an outbound streaker on the right coming out of what may be another dob?

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

Looks like you have an outbound streaker on the right coming out of what may be another dob?


I agree - it almost looks like a battle on Star Wars... :grin:

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

If ever the phrase "timing is everything" applied to a situation, this is it!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

A moment to remember.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:07 PM

Cool! Congrats!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

Fancy seeing you here, Shahrin. Excellent image, couldn't ask for a better one. Almost looks picture frame worthy.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:25 PM

Yeah, this is one to put in the archives!
Nice shot, you must be livin' right!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:19 AM

That was a cool capture.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:19 AM

Breathtaking to say the least. Were you standing like that for 30 secs? :ooo: Cosmic beauty this.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

Well done!! Send it to APOD...

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

Breathtaking image.

#13 shahgazer

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

Very cool!! Looks like you have an outbound streaker on the right coming out of what may be another dob?


Gary, I think that was a nearby rugby pole and the telescope trailer park near the bushes, though it would have been nice to have another meteor there! :D

#14 shahgazer

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:16 PM

Breathtaking to say the least. Were you standing like that for 30 secs? :ooo: Cosmic beauty this.


Yup I did. I misplaced my intervalometer , and stuck with only 30 sec exposures! :foreheadslap:

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

Well done!! Send it to APOD...

John


Thanks, and yes I did send it over to APOD ;)






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