The Perseids from August 11th 2009 imaged from the New Forest Observatory

Noel Carboni worked his Photoshop magic to bring a great image out of very suspect data!  This was only 45-seconds of exposure time at ISO1600 using the Canon 40D and the 17-55mm zoom lens at 17mm.  In this image you can see three Perseids (the third very faint Perseid runs just under M31).  None of these meteors was visible to the naked eye over the bright Moon pollution.  Like the fisherman’s tales -a very bright meteor passed right through the field of view less than 10-seconds before I actually started imaging!!  It was all downhill from then on 🙁

The kit was mounted on the superb Astrotrac which performed flawlessly throughout the night – even if the meteors didn’t.

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