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#1 nyairman

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:34 AM

Finally got one yesterday morning around 3:30 a.m. Set up the Canon 5DMIII and Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 and a dew heater around 12:30 a.m. Checked focus at 1:30...good.

I must have moved the zoom ring while attaching the dew heater as Canon DPP showed the FL as 29mm.

 

Anyway 580+ frames and only captured 3 little meteors and then this MONSTER before the 16gb CF card filled up.

So, ISO 1600, 15sec @F2.8. I used an intervalometer with no delay between frames.

 

The Fireball left a dust trail (see links) that the camera picked up for more than 10 minutes! In the last frame of the .gif animation is another meteor! I am a very happy camper!

 

Link to image: Fireball

 

Link to dust trail .gif: Dust trail


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:42 AM

Oh Man, that is so cool !  One in a million shot.  Nice. 

 

You also have some very dark skies there in upstate NY !


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:42 AM

Excellent! I was clouded out, this makes up for it.


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:50 AM

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen on CN.  Thanks for posting.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:11 AM

Superb! I've seen that with Leonids, but never video image. Serves also as great indicator of what flow and turbulence is always occuring in the WAY upper atmosphere. Tom



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:13 AM

Yes!!! Super cool. Congrats!!!



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:16 AM

Incredible, very nice catch! Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:21 AM

Very very nice! Lucky you!

 

Is it possible to determine out of the color at which height in the atmosphere this one burnt?



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:25 AM

That's fantastic! Very cool!

 

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:46 AM

Man.... I tip my hat to you...



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 12:14 PM

Just thinking as I watch the amazing gif, is it light pollution illuminating the smoke trail? Are there big cities close by, or was it close to dawn/dusk?

 

Cheers.


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 01:08 PM

Congratulations.  That is an amazing gif.   My first thought was "yes, comet dust is still enriching the Earth's surface".  I suppose that is rather obvious but not so much as when you see it with your own eyes.  Thanks!



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 03:02 PM

Very very nice! Lucky you!

 

Is it possible to determine out of the color at which height in the atmosphere this one burnt?

Thank you. I would like to know the answer to your question too!



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 03:06 PM

Just thinking as I watch the amazing gif, is it light pollution illuminating the smoke trail? Are there big cities close by, or was it close to dawn/dusk?

 

Cheers.

Thanks! It was getting somewhat close to dawn. This area is a bortle 2-3 so no significant lights at all. I did boost the shadows to bring out the dust some.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 03:09 PM

Thank you everybody! This is for me, a capture of a lifetime. Clear nights are very few and far between where I live so I consider myself extremely lucky with this one!


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:06 PM

Yes, great shot--and thanks for sharing--nyairman!

 

BTW, re the lens you used...do you use it for any other AP, like wide-angle shots of the Milky Way, etc? And if so, how do you find it--is it fairly sharp at all/most focal lengths, and full open, or do you need to stop it down some for that kind of work??

 

Thanks again!

 

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:47 PM

Yes, great shot--and thanks for sharing--nyairman!

 

BTW, re the lens you used...do you use it for any other AP, like wide-angle shots of the Milky Way, etc? And if so, how do you find it--is it fairly sharp at all/most focal lengths, and full open, or do you need to stop it down some for that kind of work??

 

Thanks again!

 

-jim-

Jim, thank you! I have used this lens only a few times for MW images. Short answer is I do not like it very much for AP. It does suffer from heavy chromatic aberrations and heavy vignetting. Stopping it down does help but I still fight with it in PP. I am really looking to get a prime lens to do more MW shots and some widefield imaging. 

 

It does produce very sharp images and at F4 is crazy sharp IMHO. All FL's seem to do well too. For regular terrestrial work I really like it a lot. It does compete well with the Canon 24-70 II.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 09:39 PM

Thank you everybody! This is for me, a capture of a lifetime.

You can say that again ! Congrats  waytogo.gif



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:09 PM

Greg,

OK, thanks for the good info on the Tamron lens. Guess I'll stick to getting 1 or 2 prime lenses in that fl range instead of this zoom for any AP work, however (and/or the Canon zoom). But good to know it preforms well in terrestrial applications. Thanks again, much appreciated, and again, great fireball shot (I've been trying to get a decent shot of meteors for several yrs now, w/ only 1 or 2 very short, dim ones captured only).

Thanks Greg,

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:29 AM

Finally got one yesterday morning around 3:30 a.m. Set up the Canon 5DMIII and Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 and a dew heater around 12:30 a.m. Checked focus at 1:30...good.

I must have moved the zoom ring while attaching the dew heater as Canon DPP showed the FL as 29mm.

 

Anyway 580+ frames and only captured 3 little meteors and then this MONSTER before the 16gb CF card filled up.

So, ISO 1600, 15sec @F2.8. I used an intervalometer with no delay between frames.

 

The Fireball left a dust trail (see links) that the camera picked up for more than 10 minutes! In the last frame of the .gif animation is another meteor! I am a very happy camper!

 

Link to image: Fireball

 

Link to dust trail .gif: Dust trail

Excellent work.



#21 nyairman

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 02:25 PM

Excellent work.

Hey thanks Sandy. So I will brag here a little because I do not have anything much to "brag" about here in Astro-Land. 

 

My video of the Fireball and dust trail made it on the EarthSky.org site today! See link below.

 

It is the second image down from the top of the page. Signup is free at EarthSky.org and I get their daily newsletter which I really enjoy. It also reminds us of meteor showers, comets, other events and links, and tips and tricks. I highly recommend it!

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:21 PM

Wow! I have thousands of images with multiple cameras trying to get a cool meteor shot. Nothing like you got. Hat tip to you bud. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 11:26 PM

Great capture ! Indeed you may well go years before another as great, a meteor of a lifetime possibly, very well done.

 

You might consider adding an AC battery eliminator and bigger card and you are ready to capture all night- 


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 11:33 PM

The Taurids this year were predicted to be so-so, however observations in Tucson is that it has been quite good. Several fireballs and dozens of meteors far less bright captured using an all sky fisheye and another camera tracking the radiant. Even now past peak there are still multiple Taurid meteors being captured before the Leonids pick up.

 

Highlights of captures:

 

https://flic.kr/p/2cHRMim

 

https://flic.kr/p/2bhwLDz

 

https://www.flickr.c...t_photos/9ADUj4


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:34 PM

Very very cool thanks for posting


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