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Brian Volland
Shooting the Perseid Meteor Shower
on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:21:29 pm

I am hoping to shoot the Perseid meteor shower on Thursday night, this is supposed to the be the peak of the shower with a guesstimate of 60 meteors an hour rocketing thru the sky.

At my disposal I have the following equipment.
- 2 EX1s
- XDCAMHD (1/2 chip)
- 2 Canon T2i DSLR cameras with kit 17-55 3.5 lens and 50mm 1.8 lens.

So my question is what would you use to shoot the meteors? I am thinking about doing an all night time lapse with the DSLRs and the 50mm lens. :15 sec intervals?

For the EX1s I am thinking about using intv record, 1 frame per sec but a slow shutter to get the streaking of the meteor.
My concern is the low light shooting and not bumping the gain on the ex1. Anybody have any experience shooting meteor showers? How did you do it? Thanks for the input!

ps. I am also posting this in the DSLR forum in case there are other insights there. Thanks!

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