Shooting Stars – Orionids 2011 and Geminids 2010

Those that have known me for a while know that it’s rare that I let a descent meteorite shower pass me up without at least trying to check it out.  Of course the weather has to cooperate and it is a late night so work/day life has to cooperate too! 🙂

Last year I started mounting a camera and have been successful at getting a few of the elusive shooters.  Here are some of the shots that I’ve taken where I’ve gotten a shooting star.  Any tips that others use?  I just mount to the tripod, zoom all the way out (18mm stock lens), use autofocus to get the focus and then turn it to manual focus mode, then take pictures using a timer.  Camera settings I’m still playing with; for the Orionids 2011 I used a low value for F-stop and a high ISO value at 30 second exposures (almost too long).  For the Geminids 2010 I used a little higher F-stop but again 1600 ISO and 30 second exposures.

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