Perseids from Payson

Uploaded 8/17/08

 On the night of August 11 - 12, the fish eye lens was put into service on the Xti, and the first all night automated test run of the new robotic barn door mounts was initiated. Unfortunately, the night was mostly cloudy, and out of 7 hours of continuous shooting - 70 exposures, only one bright meteor was recorded around 2am. Well, here it is, and Ive enlarged the portion of the frame with the meteor so you can see the color change from a dull green, through orange, red and finally yellow at a terminal burst as the meteor goes from left to right. North is down in this frame.

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Instrument: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens at f/4 Platform: Robotic Barn Door Mount Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: None Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 1/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS