The Perseids Meteor Shower is a brilliant display in the night sky that happens every year during the months of July and August. It is said to be the second richest shower after the Geminids which happens in December. It is predicted that this year’s show will like any other with a peak of up to 200 meteors per hour!
I have personally never photographed meteors or the night sky, and hence would not be the best person to take advice from. However, since this year’s event is being predicted to be particularly unique with up to 200 meteors per hour, I felt like gathering some info and links to help you photograph this event.
Perseids Meteor Shower
The links below are good resources to learn more about the Perseids and meteor showers in general. They also contain information about the visibility and what you need to do for the best viewing experience.
- Perseid outburst expected in 2016
- Perseids to ignite across skies late this week in one of best meteor viewing opportunities of 2016
- Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts
- Perseid meteor shower set for its best show in nearly 20 years
- EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2016
Photograph the meteor shower
The links below are for the photographer who wants to shoot the Perseids or other meteor showers.
- How to photograph meteors with a DSLR
- Your Guide To Photographing A Meteor Shower
- Meteor Photography Tips Astrophotography Tips
- Learn to shoot photos of meteors
- Capturing the Perseids: How to Photograph a Meteor Shower
This is the gear that you will need to make the best of your shoot. Not all items are necessary, but who complains about having too much gear?!
- Dark Sky Finder
- Clear Sky Chart
- Photo Pills
- Light Pollution Map
- DSLR Camera
- Wide Angle Lens (F/1.8 or F/2)
- Remote Shutter Release or Intervalometer
- High Capacity Memory Cards
- LED Flashlight
- Spare batteries
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Warm clothing
- Snacks, water
Videos for the visual learners
Image Credits: AccuWeather
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