Taurid Meteor

Uploaded 11/08/08

 The Taurid meteors are a very broad stream which spans about a week in duration in November. The robotic barn door and XTi were pressed into service once again, and the camera exposed, and tracked the zenith from 7:30 pm to 4:30 am with an automated series of 90 five minute exposures. The results were one Iridium flare, and later about 1am we finally got our single Taurid fireball.

All sky fisheye view of the winter Milkyway at around 1 am. The fireball is on the left edge. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960

Enlargement which has been rectified of the meteor. Select an image size for a larger view: 640 x 480

Using Maxim Dl's Line profile function, I made this intensity trace of the meteor about the same scale as the above image. You can see the terminal burst on the left. Select an image size for a larger view: 640 x 480
Instrument: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens Platform: Robotic Barn Door Mount Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO400 Exposure: 5m Filters: None Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS