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    Default Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?



    So ignore how awful the star-trail is, but in one of my trial runs I came across this:

    Startrailsaug6.jpg

    If you look about 2/3 of the way down and a little more than halfway across, you can see a weird-shaped little thing.

    Normally stuff like this is a plane, but it doesn't seem like it. This is me stacking a few hundred images from my point-and-shoot with 6 second exposure, so it wasn't moving slow enough to be captured in more than one frame, it looks like. The image was taken between 10pm and 12am.

    In this one, though, taken between 12am and 3am, there's no meteors or anything.

    startrailsaug7.jpg

    Did I see a sprinkle from the meteor shower?

    Also, is there any way to get an external power supply to my point-and-shoot so I can take longer startrails?
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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    It probably was a meteor. And quite possibly a Perseid: it seems to be in the right general area of the sky for the length and direction of the trail. The closer the meteor is to the constellation of the radiant (Perseus in this case), the shorter the trail will be, since you are looking towards its line of flight.

    The power supply for the camera will depend on the camera. Some point-and-shoots have provision for an external power supply; some don't. If there is an external power jack on the camera, get the power adapter from a camera store that deals with that brand. Otherwise, you are probably out of luck.

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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    It might also be an iridium flare. Help - Iridium Flares

    There was a flare in that direction. Need to convert the time tho, site has it at GMT + 2. Not sure what that is Central time.

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    It might also be an iridium flare. Help - Iridium Flares

    There was a flare in that direction. Need to convert the time tho, site has it at GMT + 2. Not sure what that is Central time.

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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    Whoops. I see that now . I used IL in general and it looks like it was not a flare.
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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    It's definitely an alien spacecraft
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    Default Re: Did I catch a glimpse of the Perseids in my startrail?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisCDR View Post
    It's definitely an alien spacecraft
    It's very possible, there's all sorts of strange things floating about in my neighborhood.

    I think I'll set up some startrail photography on the 12th-13th to get some more meteors!
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