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#1 EricTheCat

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:19 PM

These aren't the greatest pics of sprites but I thought I would share.  I was out looking for meteors that night and I happened to see a sprite visually, unexpectedly.  So I switched to my 50mm lens and after just a few frames in that direction confirmed there were sprites going on.

 

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Camera: Canon Rebel T4i

Lens: 50mm f/1.2

Exposure: 6sec at f/1.4 and ISO 1600

 

Clear skies,

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:36 PM

Great catch!

 

Could you provide more info on how you captured them?  Did you just point and shoot?


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:48 PM

Wow, these are so cool! I have always wanted to see sprites, you lucky dog!


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:59 PM

Awesome!  Well done!


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 12:20 AM

Fantastic Eric!

Question: how long were those sprites visible (the after effect if any), is it a matter of less of a second per sprite or were they longer visible in the sky?


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 12:51 AM

That's very cool!


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#7 EricTheCat

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:04 PM

Thanks everyone! :)

 

 

Great catch!

 

Could you provide more info on how you captured them?  Did you just point and shoot?

I had my camera on a tripod with a remote timer to automatically capture 4 second exposures over and over.

 

 

Fantastic Eric!

Question: how long were those sprites visible (the after effect if any), is it a matter of less of a second per sprite or were they longer visible in the sky?

 

I did not notice any after effect.  The best way I can describe what I saw is it looked like a cloud appeared and disappeared in an instant.  I did not notice any color to it.

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 09:44 PM

Congratulations for getting these great photos! I have always wanted to catch sprites but so far no luck.  Do you have any idea what the distance was to those clouds where the sprites originated?  I've always thought that sprites originate from big thunderstorms and you have to be 40 or 50 miles away to see the cloud tops, but those in your photos seem to be much closer.


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#9 EricTheCat

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:42 PM

Congratulations for getting these great photos! I have always wanted to catch sprites but so far no luck.  Do you have any idea what the distance was to those clouds where the sprites originated?  I've always thought that sprites originate from big thunderstorms and you have to be 40 or 50 miles away to see the cloud tops, but those in your photos seem to be much closer.

Thanks!  I don't recall exactly, the storm was probably about 100 miles away.  Best advice I can give is just keep trying whenever you can see distant lightning flashes and also can see stars in the area.  Or just try if you can see stars where you know there is lightning in the direction.  The faster the lens the better, I am using a f/1.2 50mm.

 

Sprites were a bucket list item of mine and I finally caught my first in 2016 after many hundreds of frames captured over many storms.  

 

The set in this thread are the first ones that I actually saw a sprite before attempting to image them.  Normally I point toward distant lightning flashes.



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:52 PM

For anyone interested, feel free to check out my other sprite captures on my website here: http://limbo.tzo.net...my/sprites.html

 

Actually it feels weird that I am almost up to the 3 year anniversary of my first sprite capture already.  Funny how time flies.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 12:00 AM

These aren't the greatest pics of sprites but I thought I would share.  I was out looking for meteors that night and I happened to see a sprite visually, unexpectedly.  So I switched to my 50mm lens and after just a few frames in that direction confirmed there were sprites going on.

 

attachicon.gif Sprite-2019-08-06-Img_0094SSS.jpg

 

attachicon.gif Sprite-2019-08-06-Img_0065SSS.jpg

 

attachicon.gif Sprite-2019-08-06-Img_0024SSS.jpg

 

Camera: Canon Rebel T4i

Lens: 50mm f/1.2

Exposure: 6sec at f/1.4 and ISO 1600

 

Clear skies,

Eric

I hate you, I hate you, I hate you !!!!

Sprites are still on my slowly dwindling "Bucket List".....


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:23 AM

What's a "sprites"?

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:09 AM

What's a "sprites"?

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Sprites are an upper atmosphere space weather phenomena that occurs above some very powerful lightning strikes.


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#14 EricTheCat

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:10 AM

I hate you, I hate you, I hate you !!!!

Sprites are still on my slowly dwindling "Bucket List".....

Keep trying!  It took me many nights and many, many frames to get my first.  Good luck.



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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:54 AM

Sprites are an upper atmosphere space weather phenomena that occurs above some very powerful lightning strikes.

That's awesome!! Never heard of such a thing.

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