A Perseid Reshoot

The Perseid meteor shower is happening right now.  And the big peak of showers will take place in about ten days from now.

Background.

Over the years, I’ve tried to capture the Perseid meteor shower in all its glory.  I’ve had some success, I’ve had some failure, but I keep fine-tuning my chances and hoping for the best.

Meteor Over Ursa Major. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens, with coal suede matte. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This photo was the unexpected cool result of my 2016 Perseid meteor shower attempt, as I captured a screaming shooting star as it rode along the handle of the Big Dipper.  Do I think I’ll get lucky again like that in 2018?  I don’t know.  But that being said … I’m okay for trying again.

I shot this last time at the Corinth Reservoir in Saratoga County.  The Corinth Reservoir is a “4” on the Bortle Scale, a scale that designates the amount of light pollution in the night sky.  4 is nice and dark, 1 is pitch darkness.  Should I try the photo at the Corinth Reservoir again?  I could, or I could find another shooting locale.

And believe me, there are other locales I could exploit.  I just have to keep my eyes open and my attention vigilant.  There are a couple of locales in Schoharie County that intrigue me, as well as a spot in Greene County that looks rather – shall we say – suitably deserted.

My shooting gear for this attempt will be my trusty Nikon Df camera, along with a vintage Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 prime lens, my fastest lens in the arsenal.  I’m thinking 10-second bursts at ISO 1600 should get me plenty of meteors on a good night, don’tcha think?

Trust me.  I totally enjoy astrophotography.  It is cooler than mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Star trails, Milky Way shots, meteor showers, eclipses, they are so fun to capture.  And the instant you get THAT photo … the one where everything lines up properly and you’ve achieved the “miracle” shot …

It feels better than you can possibly imagine.  You get this kind of “Damn, I caught this?” moment.

My optimal shooting night for a shooting star capture will be this Friday-Saturday, August 11-12.  Weather conditions and locations still to be determined.

But yeah … this would be fun.  And I’m good with fun.