Meteor and ISS: 3.9 Seconds of Sky from there in the Wawa Parking Lot - by Tujay Pea
Was there in the parking lot of the Wawa waiting on the AstroFox so that together we could head out on the last second Aurora Borealis Skyline Drive spur-of-the-moment adventure. The Sky was very clear, the Moon and Jupiter gorgeous and the ISS was making a low pass west to north-north-east low to the horizon. So, while I had time waiting there in the Wawa parking lot for the AstroFox, set the camera up and despite the pollen-dampened thinking, pointed the camera towards the ISS. And there from the parking lot of the Wawa, waiting on the AstroFox, the shutter opened for a 3.9 second span of time in which a meteor and the ISS painted their light trails across the blue hour canvas. Yep. Right there in the Wawa Parking Lot waiting for the AstroFox. Had the F/8 thing going for sharpness as i was thinking about the moon there in the Wawa parking lot (the sharpest f-stop for this lens, is f/8, i believe, although, f/9 seems a touch sharper...). So, f/8 does not absorb light fast enough for fast and faint meteors. Had to push the exposure slider in LR3.x?&%$@#. Hence the grainyness. Or is all just pollen?