On several evenings throughout the year, weather permitting, you can expect to see spectacular meteor showers.
The further you get out of our towns and cities the more likely you are to see a spectacular show but on some showers even city dwellers could see several meteors an hour streaking across the sky. The best time to shoot them depends on which shopwer you're photographing. The IMO has some very good information about each shower here: International Meteor Organization Calendar.
Use this info to see the best time to photograph them and check with the Met Office
to see where we are more likely to see clearer skies.
If you don't manage to capture a meteor you could still get shots of the stars.
If you fancy taking your camera out with you here are a few tips to help you out:
- You need a tripod, a lockable remote release for long exposures and a fully charged battery
- A wide-angle lens will allow you to include some foreground and make more of the sky
- A torch is handy so you can see in the dark!
- You could either use the B setting and go for long exposures but you could have problems with this if you're in a place where there's lots of light pollution. Or use shorter exposures, around 30 seconds, but take more shots that can be stacked together with software.
- Pick your focus target based on the meteor shower and don't assume that the infinity setting will focus on infinity. Just focus on something terrestrial that is some distance from you so the stars will also be sharp.
- Don't get the moon in shot as it will drown out stars and meteors
- Some of it is luck based so don't get disappointed if you miss the first couple.
If you manage to capture any of meteors remember to post them on ePHOTOzine.