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Meteor - May 8th 2012

I saw a big meteor go overhead tonight so I decided to point my camera in the vicinity and just happened to capture this faint meteor within a minute or two. If you view it full sized (I cropped it to a little over 800 pixels) you can see that it appears to have been spiraling when it entered the atmosphere. If I boost the whites on the photo the meteor is very colorful but that's probably due to the high ISO.

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+Manaswinee Mohanty I took this photo at 70mm. The exposure time was at 3.2 seconds, ISO 1600 f/2.8. You can capture meteors with just about any camera that lets you do longer exposures.
 
The wider angle lens you have the easier it will be to capture one. Unfortunately they don't telegraph their moves.
 
Great shot! We were out for hours during the Lyrids and didn't catch any. Did get a nice shot of the space station tho. Also learned that I needed to buy a better-suited lens and try some different exposure settings. Going to try again over Memorial Day weekend.
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