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When you have a lot of fun stuff you always think, is there another way I can use it ? I bought recently an used GoPro Hero5 Black camera. It's excelent to do time lapse movies with. But could it be used for astrophotography ? I have in mind doing time lapse of meteor showers. When I use my DSLR with a mechanical shutter I use 1/100 of its life time every night I use it for time lapse. With the GoPro camera there is no mechnical shutter, but will it be sensitive enough ? A very rough estimate is that it only have 1/10 of the sensitivity per pixel. But I'm curious, I want to test it. I collected some information here and test that I have done: http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-gopro-as-timelapse/01-project-gopro-as-timelapse.html At the end a link to last night Perseid meteor shower. And it really works, but only catch the strongest meteors, but the camera is small and I can have it in my pocket so very easy to bring out in the dark and setup. /Lars
hey everybody, I'm going up to the headlands international dark sky park on the 17th and 18th for the leonids shower. anybody else planning on being there? hoping for some pro help with my scope if i can get it. if you plan on being there, feel free to let me know.. id love to have some help learning to use my scope well. so far only seen a fuzzy moon and a tiny little neptune dot with it, so help is much appreciated if available.
When we observed the Perseids meteor shower 12 August 2016 my girlfriend Gunilla managed to shoot a great smoker. She uses a Canon EOS M with a 22mm f2.0 lens wide open mounted on a tripod. You can see the GIF animation here: http://astrofriend.eu/astronomy/my-astronomy-photo/meteor-shower/perseids-2016.html There is also a full HD animation link at the end of the text. Really nice and I didn't know the smoke can last for almost ten minutes. Lars and Gunilla from Sweden
We are coming up to the peak of this years Draconids meteor shower, some may remember the outburst of last year(or the clouds). Unfortunately it is not expected to put on a repeat performance and a weak performance is predicted with few faint meteors. Still it can be unpredictable and unexpected outbursts are possible. http://earthsky.org/...ds-boom-or-bust The forecast calls for the peak to occur at 2 Universal Time on October 8, 2012. For the central U.S. that translates to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Sunday, October 7. If the prediction holds true, North America will get to watch the Draconids at their peak. For Asia, the predicted peak is around noon on October 8 – in daylight – so the evenings of October 7 or 8 will both work. Just keep in mind that meteor showers are notorious for defying predictions, either surpassing or falling shy of expectation, so you never know for sure. If you live at middle and far northern latitudes anywhere around the globe, this shower is well worth a try. Unlike many major showers, the radiant for the Draconids is highest up at nightfall, so watch for these meteors as soon as darkness falls. http://feraj.narod.r...ids2012eng.html http://www.imo.net/calendar/2012#dra
We are once again approaching on Leonids annual meteor shower with this years display expected to have two peaks, the first on the 17th of November and the second on the 19th(conflicting reports say the 20th). Rates are expected to peak with a ZHR of 10 for the first peak on the 17th and up to 15per hour on the 19th and the waxing Moon will mean viewing conditions are favourable. http://www.imo.net/calendar/2012#leo There are a number of minor showers also occurring at the same time but to help identify if you have seen a Leonid try and trace it back to it's radiant in Leo in the East. Leonids are also a fast moving meteor http://meteorshowersonline.com/leonids.html http://feraj.narod.ru/Radiants/Predictions/Leonids2012eng.html Happy viewing!