Monday, October 22, 2012

The Orionoids Meteor Shower.

 D3C_1689 October 22, 2012 NIKON D3S
Meteor in Right Lower Side. Bright "Star"  is Jupiter
I spent the last two nights from midnight 4 AM at Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary's, Dartmouth Massachusetts, Stone Barn, observing and photographing The Orionoids Meteor Shower.
The first night, I held a workshop on how to photograph meteors and the night sky.  Afterwards we set up chairs and are tripods and cameras and sat down to enjoy the show.  The skies were clear as a bell and there was very little light pollution coming from the surrounding cities and towns.  The temperature was in the 50s and it was comfortable long as you were dressed for the occasion.  The advantage of this location is that it is close, The Stone Barn offers restrooms, and a kitchen.  There was the cookies, food and coffee available all night.
Both nights, the meteor show was great with the Sunday into Monday event being the best with up to 40 to 60 meteors per hour.
The hardest part, was trying to capture meteors in the camera, most of them lasted only a few seconds and were faint, which did not give enough light to capture them.  However, we did obtain some photographs of the meteor shower.
Orionoid Meteor
Fish-eye Lens View
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I also did a time lapse sequence, which demonstrated the movement of the stars through the heavens plus a couple of meteors.

Sky Time Lapse with Meteors

The Stone Barn is an excellent location to observe the Celestreal events, because of its close location to some major cities and yet, because it is deep in the country so that light pollution is not a major factor.
For the remainder of this year, there are two more meteor events with the Geminid's on December 13 and 14th probably being the best.  I will plan to have another event at the Stone Barn for this meteor show.