Gemini Meteors 2004

Uploaded 12/18/04

 Something a little different for this years meteor shower. For two nights we set up the Aurora Cam and from 9pm to 5am on both nights, 48 images were taken automatically. A 50mm f/2.8 lens was used which seemed more effective than the 28mm at capturing the meteors. 4 meteors were recorded, all near midnight. The ASA 800 Fuji Superia has poor reciprocity failure, but high speed so was perfect for this type of work.

Three images of each meteor are shown. The first is a clickable thumbnail for the full 1200 sized image. The second is a 100 percent crop of the original scan to show the overall appearance. The third is a graphic profile from top to bottom along the meteors path. Can you tell the meteors direction from the path? Lets see...

Frame 3 (Click to Enlarge)

Meteors start out dim, gradually build and then burn up rapidly as they slam into the denser parts of the atmosphere. So here, the meteor probably went from right to left, or bottom to top in the image.

Frame 7 (Click to Enlarge)

This one is very symmetrical so no conclusions can be drawn from this one.

Frame 8 (Click to Enlarge)

From right to left. The slow increase, a few star spikes, and then a more rapid decline.

Frame 10 (Click to Enlarge)

A very obvious one, from upper left to lower right.

Instrument: 50mm f/2.8 Pentax Super Taukumar with K1000 Camera Platform: Robotic Barn door mount Film: Fuji Superia 800 Exposure: 10 mins Filters: NONE Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 0 C Processing: Photoshop, PixInsight. HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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