Geminids from the New Forest Observatory – 13th December 2009

Poor weather conditions (high cloud/fog/mist) sub-zero temperatures and a very unimpressive display of Geminids this year – even though we were blessed with NO MOON!!!  Set up the Canon 40D with a 17-55mm zoom lens set to 30mm, 2-minute subs, f#3.5, ISO 400.  Just set the remote timer off and left it running until the batteries ran out.  Managed to capture 2 Geminids on a total of 54 frames.  In the image the two bright stars are of course Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini.  This image should also make an appearance as the weather picture on tonight’s Meridian Weather report around 6:00 p.m.

By the way – the zoom lens gives terrible star shapes in the far corners and I will be looking at short focal length prime lenses to do this sort of work in the future.

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