Perseids at OSP

The last night of the Oregon Star Party (OSP) was a day before the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, but close enough that we were seeing a bunch of them.  And that last night was pretty much clear of the smoke that had plagued us all week, so I set up a DSLR camera with a fast, wide-angle lens on a tracking mount to capture a few of them. The above photo is a composite of more than a dozen individual frames containing one or more meteor streaks.  The camera was pointed toward the constellation Perseus, which was […]

Perseid Meteors

You have undoubtedly heard that we are in the midst of the annual Perseid meteor shower, and that it is expected to be about double the usual rate of meteors.  I wasn’t able to go to a very dark location (as you should, to really enjoy a meteor shower), but did go to a spot with a good foreground scene, the Portland Women’s Forum, near Corbett, OR. I was expecting a handful of people and that I would be able to sit in my car with the camera & tripod nearby.  Boy, was I wrong!  There were hundreds of people […]

Reminder: Shower

Not “take a shower”, but that there will be a meteor shower tonight, Dec. 13.  The Geminids are usually one of the best meteor showers of the year, so you don’t want to miss it, if possible.  Of course, it will be very cloudy here in the Pacific Northwest, but if it’s clear where you are, get outside tonight and look toward the east.  The meteors will appear to come from the constellation Gemini, just to the left of Orion (in North America).