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    Posted May 24, 2014 by
    Coarsegold, California
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    Camelopardalids Disappoint

    With great anticipation of a new meteor shower, I did all my homework. Bought a new, fast lens. Verified the expected times. Looked in the right direction. And waited. And waited some more. Stayed out until about 30 minutes past the expected peak when clouds rolled in.

    Despite the careful preparations, Mother Nature just didn't see fit to accommodate. I took 353 20-second exposures at f/2 and ISO 1600. Light pollution and thin clouds conspired to sap the contrast from the images.

    All of this would have been irrelevant had the meteors come to the party. While I saw a few random streaks that did not emanate from the Camelopardalis radiant, I didn't see any of this shower's members. Only after reviewing all the photos did I find one candidate.

    In the lower, right-hand corner of this image is a faint meteor trail. It's nearly wiped out by the light pollution and the clouds, but it is still visible. Not much payback for all the effort, but that's stargazing. Enjoy!

    At least the weather was nice and the company stimulating.
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