2015 Perseid Meteor Shower - Aaron Priest Photography

2015 Perseid Meteor Shower

This is a timelapse I took of the Perseid meteor shower, sunrise, and afternoon clouds in my back yard the morning of August 13, 2015. I missed most of the night because I had to wait until 12:50 AM for the sky to clear after thunderstorms, and dawn was less than three hours later. We did have some amazing green air glow though! The Andromeda galaxy can be seen to the right of the Milky Way as Pleiades and Capella can be seen rising from the tree tops, facing roughly 58° north east on the compass dial.

I took 1,937 photos for almost thirteen and a half hours until 2:17 PM when the battery in my Nexus 7 tablet running qDslrDashboard died. I had a dew heater on the lens through the night and sunrise, set to 5° above ambient temperature, but even that wasn’t enough to completely prevent dew on the lens at sunrise. I should have dialed it up more.

Music is a segment of Getting Closer from Hunting the Light by Peter Nanasi. Used with permission. Visit his website and purchase his music here: http://www.peternanasi.com The whole album is great!

I chose my 50 favorite meteors from 12:52 AM to 04:08 AM, rotated and aligned the frames so the stars are all in a fixed position, and masked in the meteors so you could see them radiating from Perseus.

I traced in constellation lines for Cassiopeia and Perseus in Photoshop for this version.

Here I stacked 364 photos from 12:51 AM to 3:22 AM for star trails. It took a few days to manually remove every satellite, airplane, and meteor from the photos before stacking.

Taken with a Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, DewNot heat strip, DewBuster Controller, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod & BH-55 ballhead, and qDslrDashboard running on a Nexus 7 (2013 model) for shutter, ISO, and aperture ramping. The night exposures were 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 5000, 20 seconds ramped to f/13, ISO 64, 1/2500 for some of the day shots. Edited with Lightroom / LRTimelapse and rendered in 7.3K ProRes 442HQ with Premiere Pro from 16-bit TIFFs. I used RegiStar to align the photos for the meteor composite, and Advanced Stacker Plus in Photoshop for the star trails.


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