This is one of four astrolapse sequences I shot during the peak night of the Geminid Meteor Shower in 2012 (Dec 13-14). This will ultimately be part of my West Virginia Nights II astrolapse video. In this particular sequence, which spans about 2-1/2 hours real time, there are no less than 30 Geminid meteors captured "on film". As well as three planes, a satellite, and a sporadic meteor (which you may or may not notice at 0:19 amongst the tree branches at the far lower right of the video; if you do note it, it'll be angled in a different direction than all the other meteors, which means it is not associated with the Geminid shower). The planes are pretty easy to pick out, they are streaks that travel across the sky. The satellite appears between 0:26 and 0:27 just to the left of the branches at the far right side of the screen and briefly travels diagonally up right before vanishing again.
All the other streaks you see flash into view and disappear again are meteors.
I slowed this video down to 15 frames/second so you have a better chance of catching the meteors when they appear. Note, I went through frame by frame (there are 430 shots for this video) and counted up 30 Geminid meteors. Many of them are faint, and you are unlikely to notice them as the video plays, but a fair number of them are moderately bright and brighter; those you'll see easily enough. :-) In real life I noticed the Geminids had basically two different types of meteors: quick, not overly bright, short meteors, and long, slow, burning meteors. Unfortunately, since meteors typically last a couple seconds or less, you cannot get a view of the slow burning ones as they flame across the sky. Just the light streak captured by the camera. One drawback to photographing a meteor shower to show to other folks. Meteors do not look like streaks in real life.
The short quick ones that were bright enough for the camera detector to capture appear as relatively faint and short streaks. The slow, burning ones that coursed across the sky are the far more noticeable, bright ones. Given that this is pretty much winter time, and the leaves are all down, you can even catch a few amongst the trees at the bottom of the video, particularly toward the end. Good luck. :-)
The extra bright star that travels down the left side of the video starting at about 0:10 is actually Jupiter (a quick, short Geminid meteor flashes past it at 0:18). The Pleiades star cluster precedes it. As you watch the video you'll notice a brightish start at the upper right not move the entire time. That would be Polaris, the North Star.
Technicals: Nikon D7000, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures (with 5 second pause between shots*), f/2.8, 14mm Rokinon lens. No dolly or other camera-moving apparatus was used.
* - during the first 5-10 minutes of this sequence I was standing behind the camera looking at the same patch of sky it covered and noticed that during the 5 second pause while the camera was writing the previous image to the disk, a meteor would fall in the field of view. Of course since the camera wasn't actually doing an exposure at that time, totally missed catching it. I saw this happen no less than 7 times in the first 5-10 minutes of shooting the 2-1/2 hour long sequence.
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