Each year, I eagerly await the Perseid meteor showers and this year was no exception. The peak this year was the overnight of August 11 – 12. This was supposed to be an exceptional year for the Persied meteor show. I decided that not only did I want to see them – I also wanted to try to photograph them.
So off to the computer I went to find out everything there is to know about night photography (just kidding ☺️). Actually, I looked for articles that were not too complicated and gave some settings to try. I set the camera outside before dark and waited until Michael Phelps had finished his swim and I headed outside. There is quite a bit of ambient light in my backyard but I decided to give it a whirl. First, I allowed my eyes to adjust to the darkness and I ended up staying out until around 12:15.
Guess what?! I only saw five very light meteors and didn’t get a photo of any of them. Disappointing!! I did get a couple of cool night sky photos, though. The light on the treetops was coming from the moon and you can see a plane or a satellite on the left of the photo above the trees. On the second photo, you can even see the Milky Way.
I wasn’t ready to give up yet so I read a bit more and adjusted some camera settings and went back out the next night. It was much earlier when I went out but it was a MUCH better meteor night for me. I was only out until about 11:15 and I saw 15 to 20 meteors. I even got a photo of a couple! Score!!! It was an awesome night and I saw some really neat meteors in that time period. I am so glad that I decided to sit out in the yard one more night. I hope that you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
When I first went out there were these pretty clouds floating above but much lower than the stars. I love how they look with long exposure (23 sec).The next photo still does not show a meteor but I think that white streak is a satellite. Most planes that I captured were red and this is all white. The milky way was visible too.The next two are the photos of the night. I captured a couple of more meteors that night, but these were my favs. It was a great night for star gazing and the Perseid meteor showers and I was in the house at 11:15. Ahhhh…life is good!