Camelopardalis Meteor Shower

Last Friday night, a friend and I embarked into the hills to view what was expected to be an amazing new meteor shower. The earth was to move into the debris path of a comet that passed the earth roughly two hundred years prior. The event had never been seen before, and astronomers from around the world stood giddy with anticipation, proposing that the earth was to be bombarded with anywhere from 100-1000 meteors each hour. Being lucky enough to be located in the Northern Hemisphere and in an area of relatively low light pollution I figured that this was a once in a lifetime event that could not be missed. Sadly for myself (and everyone else that gave up on their prior engagements on said evening) this amazing meteor shower proved to be more of a meteor drizzle. Not to worry however, aided by three hours of frames and the powers of Photoshop, I was able to cobble together an image that made the event look like something of majesty. Oh mother nature, sometimes you are just a little too stingy with what you’re willing to show us. Regardless of the outcome, it is always a nice adventure to shoot some night work.

This image happens to be a composite of  57 separate  30 second exposures

All these images are what it took to make the final look pretty

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